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Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for August 21 - 25


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place August 21- 25, 2017 between the hours of 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Pilots at NAS Patuxent River will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs
are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, called “bounces.” Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is a complex skill, and requires intense periods of training. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028. 

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"Stranger Things" To Once Again Go Bump In The Night


There are many strange things that occur in the Netflix series "Stranger Things." Its producers and young cast have been gearing up for their second season, while also making time for our Mark Strassmann: 
 
In 1983, a boy in Indiana disappears. His friends stumble upon a sinister government cover-up … and a creature from another dimension.
 
If that sounds like a nightmare Steven Spielberg dreamed up with Stephen King, well, that's the point.
 
"When we hear that kids are watching 'Stranger Things' and getting scared, and maybe shielding their eyes, like, that to me is the best thing in the world," said co-director Ross Duffer.  
 
What is haunting Hawkins, Indiana? A scene from the second season of the supernatural series, "Stranger Things." 
Thirty-three-year-old twins Matt and Ross Duffer are the creators, writers and directors of "Stranger Things." Their eight-episode first season on Netflix was a phenomenon, scared up 18 Emmy nominations. 
 
It stars Winona Ryder as the mom of the missing boy who loses it. "Things just go south for Joyce pretty fast," Ryder laughed. "I think I have one scene where I'm not freaking out.
 
"I had to go in some pretty dark places, probably aged about ten years, you know? But you just kind of have to go there."
 
This past spring Strassmann visited Atlanta, where filming for season two was underway. One set, Mike Wheeler's basement, was graced with a poster from John Carpenter 1982 sci-fi film, "The Thing."
 
"This is one of my favorite movies," said Matt Duffer. 
 
And they have a lot of favorite movies.
 
Much of the series draws from their childhood fascination with the science-fiction, horror, and adventure films they watched growing up in North Carolina.
 
And because those films often captured suburban life in the '80s, the Duffer brothers saw their own lives reflected on screen.
 
"That's why we fell in love with those movies and those stories," said Matt. "Because they were telling stories about people who we recognized in a setting that we recognized -- sort of small-town suburbia, oftentimes about kids that felt very much like us and our friends."
 
They'd started making movies in the third grade. "They were terrible," laughed Matt.
 
One was an adaptation of a card game called "Magic: The Gathering."  "It was a really nerdy, like, fantasy stuff," he added.
 
"Just us, like, beating each other up with plastic swords," said Ross. "And we just sort of kept teaching ourselves. And it got a little bit better and a little bit better over time."
 
Better enough that these film geeks evoke not just nostalgia but déjà vu in "Stranger Things," with scenes that recall their inspirations: "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," "The Shining," "Stand By Me." Many of those movies became classics, in part, because their hearts beat with kids, and friendships, that seemed believable, relatable and timeless. "Stranger Things" has that, too. 
 
The Duffers say they auditioned about a thousand young actors. "There's nothing more grating than a bad child performance," Ross laughed. "It's just the worst."
 
They cast four boys: Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, and 14-year-old Gaten Matarazzo, who has a rare genetic disorder. The Duffers wrote it into his character.
 
"When you're born with cleidocranial dysplasia, I have extra teeth that shouldn't be there," Matarazzo said. "And they don't grow in properly because of the way my skull is shaped."
 
"So when you went for other acting jobs, was that an issue?" asked Strassmann.
 
"It was, actually. I would go in for, like, commercial auditions, they would say to me, 'Hey, you're a good kid. But you might want to get your teeth fixed.'"
 
The breakout star may be 13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown. The British actress plays a character known simply as Eleven. Her telekinetic powers do most of the talking for her. She spoke only 246 words throughout the first season, but that was enough to win her an Emmy nomination. 
 
She told Strassmann she loved her short hair look: "It's not like every other teenage girl right now. Every teenage girl is usually blonde hair, blue eyes, beautiful, oh my goodness, short skirts, miniskirts, crop tops. No, I'm good. First of all, I would like a shaved head and some comfy clothes, and that'll do me!"
 
"On the other hand, I would be blond hair, blue eyes," laughed Finn Wolfhard.
 
From new faces to familiar faces like Winona Ryder, the star of "Beetlejuice" and "Edward Scissorhands," it's a role many are calling a comeback. "They start using that word when you're basically in your late 20s," she said.
 
"I understand the debate about roles for women, like, my age. There are times when it feels like there's a real drought. But I do think you can get lucky with certain shows or certain directors. 
 
"And hopefully that will keep happening. I don't know!" she laughed.
 
The trailer for season two of "Stranger Things" (which debuts in October) already has more than 45 million views online. But don't expect many clues.  
 
Are there more monsters out there? "There's more evil, yes. I'll say that," replied Matt. "There's a greater evil."
 
This much we do know: Season two will be another love letter to 1980s cinema from two of its biggest fans -- brothers who never grew out of their childhood fascination with things that go bump in the night.

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Celebrities Remember Dick Gregory, A 'Comedic Master' And 'Hero For Civil Rights'


From politicians and actors, to activists and comedians, to fans and friends — people have been taking to Twitter in droves to pay homage to Dick Gregory, the iconic satirist and civil rights activist who died on Saturday at the age of 84.
 
“He taught us how to laugh. He taught us how to fight. He taught us how to live,” wrote activist Rev. Jesse Jackson. “Dick Gregory was committed to justice. I miss him already.”
 
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) spoke of Gregory’s ”unflinching honesty and courage.” Jane Sanders wrote of how her husband, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), had spent a night in jail with Gregory in the 1960s for protesting segregation in Chicago schools. Cornell William Brooks, former president of the NAACP, described Gregory as a “provocateur [who] challenged not only what we thought was funny but how we thought.” 
 
“What you did for comedy can’t ever be equalled,” wrote comedian and writer Larry Wilmore in his Twitter eulogy. Actor John Fugelsang recalled an elderly Gregory slapping him on the back with the “strength of 5 men.”
 
Gregory, who used satire to profound effect to tackle issues of civil rights and black identity in his comedy, dedicated decades of his life to activism. He demonstrated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and went on dozens of hunger strikes to protest myriad issues, including prison reform and the Vietnam War. 
 
Gregory’s son, Christian Gregory, announced his father’s death on social media on Saturday. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” he wrote.
 
In the hours that followed, Dick Gregory’s name began trending on Twitter as thousands remembered the activist’s humor, humanity and heroism. Scroll down to read a sampling of the messages remembering the “comedic master” and “true hero of civil rights.”

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Comedian Jerry Lewis Dead At 91


Longtime actor and comedian Jerry Lewis has died early Sunday morning, his family said. 
 
“Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side,” the Lewis family said in a statement to Reuters.
 
Lewis faced many health problems throughout the years, including prostate cancer and two heart attacks. He also suffered from Type 1 diabetes and battled pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease.
 
The beloved comic enjoyed a decades-long career, selling out his one-man shows at the 2,400-seat La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in California in 2014. He achieved national fame starting in 1946 alongside Dean Martin, performing with him on television and radio shows and in movies before they parted ways in 1956 as a duo. Lewis went on to star in, produce and direct an array of films, including “The Delicate Delinquent” (1957), “The Bellboy” (1960) and “The Nutty Professor” (1963). He also made multiple television appearances and hosted the annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for over 40 years until he was reportedly unceremoniously dumped by the organization in 2010 and resigned from his post as national chairman. MDA announced in May 2015 that the telethon would be ending, saying “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving have made this the right time.” 
 
Comedian Jerry Lewis attends a celebration of his 90th birthday at The Friars Club in April 2016 in New York.
Despite ups and downs, Lewis continued to work, performing onstage and even directing a musical theatre version of “The Nutty Professor” at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville in 2012. He most recently starred in the film “Max Rose,” about a jazz musician dealing with the death of his wife of 65 years, whom he discovers was unfaithful.
 
“I’ve worked under the most painful conditions any man has ever felt in his life,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014. “But when I walk out on that stage, the pain goes away.”
 
Those touched by Lewis’ work quickly took to social media to express their regard and respect for the Hollywood legend. Actors William Shatner and Patton Oswalt expressed their condolences to Lewis’ family. Josh Gad called Lewis, “one of the greatest of all time.”
 
Lewis, who was formerly married to Patti Palmer, is survived by his wife, SanDee Pitnick, and his children, sons Gary, Ronnie, Scott, Christopher and Anthony and daughter Danielle. His youngest son Joseph died of a drug overdose on Oct. 24, 2009, at the age of 45. 

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Daniel Craig, Back As Bond, Keeps 007 Fans On Edge


Daniel Craig's 007-era will die another day.
 
After months of gossip and denials, Craig on Tuesday night confirmed to Stephen Colbert on the "Late Show" that he will indeed return for another James Bond movie. The yet-titled film is due out November 2019.
 
"We've just been trying to figure things out," Craig told Colbert. "I always wanted to. I needed a break."
 
The 49-year-old actor's stewardship of James Bond has spanned four films — and now will go for a fifth — but it has generated enough rumors to power the kind of doomsday device Bond is usually trying to stop.
 
Craig's time as Bond has been distinguished. His "Skyfall" remains a high-point in both dollars and quality for the 55-year-olf franchise. His last one, 2015's "Spectre," grossed $880 million worldwide. Most consider him a terrific Bond who has raised the bar for the franchise, and his official return was greeted warmly on Wednesday.
 
But the Craig-era, far more than its predecessors, has been characterized by a steady supply of Bond drama. Rumors and debates over who should be the next 007 have been nonstop for years, as has Craig's frequent hints about calling it quits. In 2015, he famously said he'd rather "slash my wrists" than make another Bond movie, a comment he later explained as a kind of joke from the fatigue of just completing one.
 
Yet even while Craig keeps donning the tux, the next-Bond handicapping has been a year-round business. Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Jack Huston and Riz Ahmed are just some of the actors who have been linked to the role — some of them for the better part of the decade.
 
Others have lobbied for a female 007, like Charlize Theron . Idris Elba has been a favorite for at least two years, going to back to when Bond author Anthony Horowitz suggested he was "too street" for the part.
 
The meetings of producer Barbara Broccoli are spied on as if they concern national security. In a way, they do. Bond is a nation-state of its own, with more than $7 billion in box-office revenues alone. And that's a heavy burden for any actor to bear.
 
Craig's constant dance with Bond has very possibly been a smart strategy to deflect some of that pressure. He has, perhaps more than anyone since Sean Connery, eluded being completely defined by 007. Last year he did "Othello" off-Broadway with David Oyelowo. He gives a comic turn in Steven Soderbergh's "Logan Lucky," out Friday.
 
It's as though Craig has always wanted his future with James Bond a little up in the air — shaken, if you like — so as to avoid the stasis that could set in for a decades-old franchise now preparing its 25th films. Craig acknowledged on Colbert that his return had been settled months ago, meaning he was evading questions about Bond as recently as that morning when he told a Boston radio station that "no decision has been made."
 
And even as he confirmed he was returning, Craig suggested it will be his last one.
 
"I think this is it," he said. "I just want to go out on a high note."
 
Though many surely will, don't bet on it. Or to put it another way: Never say never again.

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Johnny Cash's Family 'Sickened By Association' With Charlottesville Neo-Nazi


A self-proclaimed neo-Nazi wearing a Johnny Cash shirt during last weekend’s violent Charlottesville, Virginia, protests has been disavowed on social media by the late singer’s family, who claim they were “sickened by the association.”
 
 
Rosanne Cash shared a Facebook post Wednesday night on behalf of herself and her siblings Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter, where they describe their country icon father as “a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice.”
 
“To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you,” the post reads. “Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology.”
 
The post also describes the “Walk the Line” singer’s history with advocating for rights of marginalized people. It mentions the groups Cash championed for: protesters against Vietnam, the poor, the struggling and the disenfranchised, prisoners and Native Americans. In 1964, Cash released an entire album in order to expose listeners to the harsh treatment of Native Americans in history called “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indians.”
 
“Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice,” the post reads. “He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations. He championed the rights of Native Americans, protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the struggling and the disenfranchised, and an advocate for the rights of prisoners.”
 
Additionally, the letter mentions that several members of the extended Cash family had fought the Nazis in World War II and that Johnny had taught his children to “choose love.”
 
Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, “Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.” We do not judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed. We value the capacity for love and the impulse towards kindness. We respect diversity, and cherish our shared humanity. We recognize the suffering of other human beings, and remain committed to our natural instinct for compassion and service.
Social media was abuzz with support for the post.
 

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Amy Schumer Spotted On Judge Judy


On yesterday’s episode of "Judge Judy," Amy Schumer - along with her sister Kim - made a surprise appearance in the audience of the popular syndicated court show. Eagle-eyed viewers were quick to notice the star pulling some hilarious faces. Schumer confirmed on Instagram that it was indeed her giving serious side-eye in the front row, and posted a screenshot from the episode to prove it. "Hell yeah! You know I was in the audience on #judgejudy," she wrote. "My sister and I sat in on the cases for the day because we love her!!!!!" "Her," of course, refers to Judy Sheindlin. Schumer attended the taping back in May and documented her trip on Instagram, sharing several funny pictures of herself and Kim with Sheindlin.

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Bonnie Tyler Will Sing Her Hit 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' During The Eclipse


On Aug. 21, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse for the first time since 1979. But that’s not even the best part.
 
That same day, singer Bonnie Tyler will perform her iconic hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at the same time while aboard Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise. The boat will also be positioned in an optimal spot for viewing the “critical moment,” as Time put it. 
 
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, told Time, “Bonnie Tyler was a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment.” 
 
Earlier this year, Tyler told Inside Edition that thanks to the upcoming eclipse, she was seeing renewed interest in her 1983 hit, the video for which currently has over 300 million views on YouTube. (In 2013, she also told HuffPost she never gets tired of singing the track, and even admitted she probably sings it better now.)
 
Forever’s gonna start on Aug. 21. 

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Macklemore Denounces His Former 'Racist' Haircut


Macklemore has officially denounced his former Nazi-style haircut.
 
In a Tuesday tweet, the rapper responded to a fan who wrote, “Macklemore hair seems to be the chosen haircut of the racists now. I call on @macklemore to get online and denounce his own haircut.”
 
To which Macklemore quickly replied, “Got rid of it over a year ago.”
 
The haircut in question is shaved on the sides and floppy and voluminous on the top. It has been sported by celebs such as David Beckham and Brad Pitt — and Nazi youth in the 1930s and ’40s and modern-day supremacists.
 
The haircut has become so associated with the white nationalist movement that the Washington Post recently ran a story called, “Does this haircut make me look like a Nazi?” Racked also weighed in: “Just FYI There Are Other Haircuts for Men Besides the Hitler One” (even offering the alternative style, the “Cute Boy Flop,” as a replacement), and Esquire published a story titled “Eric Trump’s New Haircut Is a Little Too ‘White Nationalist’ for Comfort.”
 
Now that the urgency to rid the world of this cut has been established, what can well-intentioned men do? “There are a few options,” Anthony Pazos, a Los Angeles-based celebrity hair stylist, tells Yahoo Beauty.
 
“Guys can thin out the floppy hair on top with shears, which adds texture but doesn’t compromise length. That way, there’s not as much harsh contrast with the shaved sides,” he says.
 
Another option if you’re feeling particularly bold: Shave the head bald. However, to avoid venturing into another neo-Nazi trend, Pazos offers a stylish twist: “Bleach the entire head like Kanye West or Amber Rose — just add a toner to avoid bright-yellow hair.”

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'He's diabolical': Leah Remini Says Scientology Poster Boy Tom Cruise Is Not A Good Person


Leah Remini is clearly not fond of Scientology poster boy Tom Cruise.
 
Remini, who famously left Scientology in 2013 after 30 years, held a Reddit AMA on Tuesday ahead of the second season premiere of her A&E show, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath." During which, she was asked if Cruise is a good person.
 
"No! Just going to get straight to it," she answered emphatically, "no!"
 
Cruise is Scientology's most famous public face as its most visible and most vocal supporter in Hollywood. He has been a member of the church since the late 1980s. It's reported that the church vetted and chose the movie star's second and third wives, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. The internet is full of videos of Cruise exhibiting his trademark over-the-top enthusiasm for Scientology at its conferences and in its promotional materials.
 
Remini believes that Cruise's real personality is vastly different from the one he projects in public. She said that those who really know the actor would say he's "diabolical."
 
"There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person," Remini wrote. "Someone could say we all have that — what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diabolical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an a------ — all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins."
 
Miscavige is the current leader of Scientology. He's credited with swelling its member ranks and Scientology's bank account. But he also reportedly resorts to violence, intimidation, created a "Lord of the Flies" atmosphere among staffers, and even punished staff by sending them to Scientology detention centers.
 
When another Reddit member asked Remini if she has recently bumped into Cruise and how he would behave if they were in the same room, she said, "I have not bumped into Tom and if we were to be in the same room Tom would be forced to walk out of the room and avoid me and any Ex-Scientologist."
 
In fact, Remini said that's how all celebrity Scientologists behave in the same situation: "They ignore me and walk out of rooms."
 
Additionally, she said that Scientologists would even turn down a role if it meant working with her.
 
"Well, I would do it," she said during the AMA, "because unlike Scientologists I'm not a bigot, but Scientologists can't work with me."
 
So it doesn't look like Remini will be costarring with confirmed Scientologists — such as John Travolta, Elisabeth Moss, Kirstie Alley, and Laura Prepon — in the foreseeable future.
 
A representative for Cruise didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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Britney Spears Says She Needs A New Will To Protect Her Kids


Britney Spears is going back to the drawing board and redrafting her will ... all for the benefit of her 2 boys.
Britney's longtime conservators have filed legal docs asking for permission to change her will, which was drafted before she gave birth to Sean, now 11, and Jayden, now 10.
We've learned the current will simply provides ... when Britney dies her kids inherit her entire estate. Problem is ... they would get her entire fortune -- estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars -- when they turn 18. It's not wise to open the vault all at once to 18-year-olds.
Our sources say the new estate plan creates a trust for the kids, who will inherit her entire estate. But they will not have access to the entire fortune until they turn 35. The trust gives them limited access at 18, more access to the money at 25, but they won't get it all until they're eligible to run for President.
The trust also slashes the amount of inheritance tax the estate will have to pay.
The judge has to approve the change, but there shouldn't be any problem.

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Anna Faris Breaks Silence After Announcing Split With Chris Pratt


It’s true. Everyone and their second cousin twice removed has a podcast now, but that doesn’t mean you should sleep on “Anna Faris Is Unqualified.”
 
After announcing that she and husband Chris Pratt are separating earlier this month, Anna Faris addressed the split for the first time on an episode released Monday.  
 
“Hey, dear listeners,” she begins. “I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I’ve been receiving, and I truly love you.”
 
The rest of the episode, which features a crossover with the podcast “My Favorite Murder,” was pre-taped, but Faris apparently added in her comments after. 
 
Faris and Pratt revealed they were separating after eight years of marriage on Aug. 6 in a joint statement shared on social media. 
 
“We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward,” the statement read. “We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”
 
On the episode released prior to the announcement, Faris opened up about the “loneliness” she’s felt living in the public eye. 
 
“I play a public character. I laugh loud sometimes — maybe too loud, but it is a public character sometimes,” she said. “Like, if I have a red carpet thing or whatever, which I’m never comfortable, but I’m always like, ‘I’m fine!’ And it never feels like me.”
 
Months earlier, she also shared some insight into her relationship with Pratt, in light of his demanding work schedule that takes him away from family time with their 4-year-old son, Jack. 
 
“My long-distance relationship with Chris, I wouldn’t describe it as that, but we do spend a lot of time apart,” Faris explained. “But the advantage of that is it makes you so appreciate the time you have together, and you really, really value that. … And you don’t want to waste it fighting, and you know, like, all the minutiae. It’s a high price to pay, you know, but it is a benefit. A silver lining.”
 
To listen to the episode, head over to “Anna Faris Is Unqualified.” 

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Stephen Colbert: Donald Trump Might Not Be President By Friday


Stephen Colbert isn’t having it. 
 
On Tuesday, the “Late Show” host tore into President Donald Trump for saying he blamed “both sides” for the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
 
“I think there’s blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it and you don’t have any doubt about it either,” a defiant Trump told reporters during a news conference.
 
“The only thing I’m doubting right now is whether you’re still going to be president by Friday,” Colbert said. “What the hell was that?” 
 
 

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Judge Rules In Favor Of Taylor Swift


A Denver judge ruled in Taylor Swift's favor and determined her allegations that ex-radio DJ David Mueller groped her at a meet-and-greet four years ago are valid — concluding a contentious, and highly publicized, trial and requiring Mueller to pay out $1 to the star. "I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process," Swift said in a statement. "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves." The verdict wraps up a six-day trial where Mueller and Swift — as well as the singer's mother and bodyguard — each testified at a Denver Federal Court. The case hinged on an alleged 2013 incident at a photo opportunity before one of Swift's concerts at the Pepsi Center in Denver, where Swift says Mueller reached underneath her skirt, grabbed her backside and refused to let go as they posed for a picture.

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Ryan Reynolds Left Devastated Following 'Deadpool 2' Stunt Driver Death


A female stunt driver was killed today in a motorcycle crash on the set of Deadpool 2, prompting production to shut down and, according to star Ryan Reynolds, leaving cast and crew "devastated."
 
The Vancouver Police Department made the announcement in a morning tweet:
 
Vancouver Police ? @VancouverPD
A stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle. VPD & @WorkSafeBC investigators are at the scene.
 
Witnesses told CTV News the crew was filming a stunt sequence involving a motorcycle at Jack Poole Plaza when something went wrong. A CTV reporter tweeted this from the site:
 
Ben Miljure @CTVNewsBen
Stunt person hurt on set of Deadpool 2 loaded into Advanced Life Support ambulance that hasn't moved. Anxious crew looking on. @CTVVancouver
 
Ben Miljure @CTVNewsBen
Ambulance has left set of Deadpool 2 with injured stunt person. Lights and sirens were not on as it pulled away. @CTVVancouver
 
Production on the hugely anticipated sequel shut down immediately as investigators swarmed the set. No word yet on the victim's identity or when filming will resume.
 
Taking to Twitter, star Ryan Reynolds expressed his condolences.
 
Meanwhile, director David Leitch said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.”
 
In a statement, the film's distributor, 20th Century Fox, said, “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”
 
Today’s accident marks the second on-set death of a stunt performer in North America in about a month; stuntman John Bernecker suffered massive head injuries in a fall July 12 on the set of The Walking Dead and later died at Atlanta Medical Center. It is believed to be the first stunt-related death in the United States in more than 17 years. AMC temporarily halted production on Season 8 of the zombie apocalypse series in the wake of the accident.

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Tom Cruise Injured While Filming 'Mission: Impossible 6' Stunt'


Tom Cruise has been injured while filming a stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in London. 
 
Footage obtained by TMZ shows the actor attempting to leap from rigging onto the ledge of another building, while strapped into a safety harness; he falls short, however, and his body slams into the side of the structure. 
 
Hoisting himself up onto the building's roof, Cruise then starts limping heavily, before nearly collapsing in front of the other crew members. He is then pulled back to the rigging on his harness, where he's then led away off camera, still limping heavily.
 
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The extent of his injuries are not yet known; however, the stunt serves as a reminder of the kinds of frequent risks and sacrifices that go into filmmaking, both for stunt performers and actors who do their own stunt work.
 
The 55-year-old Cruise is famous for insisting on doing almost all of his own stunts, rare for an A-list actor, particularly since he's demonstrated a certain thrill-seeking approach to his work. 
 

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Drake, Future Sued By A Woman Raped At Concert


A woman is suing rappers Drake and Future after she was raped at one of their concerts.
 
The unnamed woman claims a man associated with the Nashville venue, Bridgestone Arena, told her he would take her backstage to meet with the stars, but instead violently attacked her and raped her, according to The Tennessean.
 
The 28-year-old woman is now suing the stars for $25 million, alleging they should have known better when employing the man, Leavy Johnson, who had outstanding warrants for previous assaults at the time of the attack, TMZ reported.
 
She claims the music artists and venue employees put people in danger by having Johnson work during the show, according to the gossip site. He was working as an employee for Delaware North, a concession stand company contracted out by the venue.
 
Johnson, 38, was arrested and charged with rape in April for the Aug. 14, 2016 incident, The Tennessean reported.
 
He had previously fled Tennessee after the incident and was arrested in Florida. Johnson was flown back to Nashville to face the rape charges in May, with the assistance of U.S. Marshals' fugitive task force and a Nashville police supervisor from the fugitive unit.

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift


The judge in the Denver, CO, civil trial of pop superstar Taylor Swift has thrown out all claims by former radio disc jockey David Mueller against the singer. The judge has allowed Mueller's case against Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, and Swift's manager, Frank Bell, to proceed.
 
Mueller is suing Swift, saying her claim that he groped her during a 2014 meet-and-greet is false and caused him to be fired.  Taylor is counter-suing, claiming assault and battery for "offensive and harmful physical contact."

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Bill Murray Moved To Tears Watching 'Groundhog Day' On Broadway


There’s no sight quite as endearing as a nostalgia-riddled Bill Murray weeping tears of joy in a Broadway theater. 
 
Such was the case on Tuesday night, when the comedic legend wound his way to a performance of the “Groundhog Day” musical, a production based on the 1993 film directed by the late Harold Ramis ? starring Murray himself.
 
According to a delightful account of the evening provided by New York Times culture reporter Sopan Deb, the latest Murray charmfest began with the actor cracking jokes at passersby, tipping a bartender $50 and indulging in selfies with his many, many adoring fans. It ended, however, with the actor “visibly sobbing” after watching the Tony-nominated musical alongside his brother Brian Doyle-Murray and “Groundhog Day” screenplay co-writer Danny Rubin.
 
“By the time the cast was bowing on stage, Mr. Murray was in tears,” Deb wrote. “He waited a minute to compose himself before joining the rest of the audience to cheer the cast.”
 
Murray claimed it was the moral of the beloved story that moved him to tears. “The idea that we just have to try again,” he explained to Deb. “We just have to try again. It’s such a beautiful, powerful idea.”
 
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This was Bill Murray's speech to the Groundhog's Day cast. Stay tuned for the part about the Panama Canal.
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An edited excerpt from my conversation with Bill Murray after he watched the musical version of Groundhog Day for the first time:
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Beyond crying, Murray also fist-pumped at the sight of the show’s jaded weatherman protagonist, Phil Connors, whom the Times described back in ’93 as “a perfect character for Mr. Murray.” He also let out an exclamatory “Wow!” after Rebecca Faulkenberry’s performance of “Playing Nancy.”
 
All in all, it was a wild night at the theater for Murray and the patrons lucky enough to sit near him.

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Royal Announcement: William & Kate Will Officially Be King & Queen


Take a look at your newest soon-to-be King and Queen of England! Today, Queen Elizabeth officially announced that she will be passing down her crown to her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. This, of course, means that the Queen has skipped over her own son, Prince Charles, in the British monarchy’s line of succession. Bummer.
 
While the drama surrounding the royal family has taken most of the attention away from their policies and image of regal stature, the Queen believes implementing a younger generation than her son is vital for the House of Windsor to thrive in the future.
 
“Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future,” said a palace insider. “She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives, and she sees William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world. Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy.”
 
Her Majesty has also said that she truly does not believe the monarchy has the “respect and power it once had.” The source continued, “In her eyes, William and Kate are the two people who can turn that around.”
 
So how does the King-to-be and forever-Prince feel about the decision? Unfortunately, the decision has caused a rift between William and his father Charles. According to the same insider, their relationship has been strained, but they will get used to it eventually. Just like classic Brits, they’ll push their feelings as deep down as possible!
 
And, of course, what does this mean for the world’s most popular couple and their young family? Since Prince George and Princess Charlotte are only 4 and 2 years old, respectively, Kate is mostly concerned about her role as a mother. “She’s desperate to remain a hands-on mom and worries about being in the spotlight more,” says the palace insider.
 
So while the rest of the world is excited for the change and step forward, it’s important to remember that they are, in fact, still trying to be a normal family.

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Leah Remini Questions Elisabeth Moss' Continued Support Of Scientology


Leah Remini is continuing her crusade against the Church of Scientology and its alleged abuses, and has some words for those who continue to support it ? namely actress Elisabeth Moss. 
 
Remini is gearing up for the second season of her A&E docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which tells the stories of ex-Scientologists like herself who have been cut off from their families and even targeted by Scientology followers after leaving the church. The actress was raised as a Scientologist from an early age and spent three decades as a member before leaving. Now, she is one of the church’s most public detractors, speaking out against the alleged abuse, fraud and deception that goes on within the organization. 
 
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Remini broached the subject of Moss ? a fellow celebrity and lifelong Scientologist. 
 
“Elisabeth Moss believes that she can’t talk to me,” Remini told THR. “There’s a thing in Scientology called ‘acceptable truth.’ It means you only say what’s acceptable to the public. But she believes that I’m an antisocial personality — because I’ve spoken out against Scientology. So she isn’t allowed to talk to me. And me knowing that, I wouldn’t put her in the awkward position.”
 
Moss was raised a Scientologist and has previously praised the religion for giving her stability and making her a better version of herself. However, in 2014, she shut down questions related to her faith, and it’s unclear where she stands on it today.
 
“I’m not going to talk about it anymore,” she told Vulture. “I said what it meant to me, and anyone can go and look at that if they want to know what I feel. But now it’s private, off limits.”
 
Moss and Remini could have a run-in at the Emmy Awards in September. Moss is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the dystopian “Handmaid’s Tale” (a role that raised questions about her ties to Scientology). Remini’s “Aftermath” is nominated for Outstanding Informational Series Or Special. 
 
If the two meet, it would seemingly go fine.
 
Leah Remini Argues That Scientology Isn't A Religion
 
'Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath' creator Leah Remini describes what differentiates Scientology from religions.
“I would, of course [congratulate her],” Remini says. “I don’t hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she’s continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families. That’s for her to learn — just as I needed to learn it.”

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Singer, guitarist, actor & Country Music Hall-of-Famer Glen Campbell Dead at Age 81


Glen Campbell, one of music's most successful and versatile entertainers, has died at age 81.
 
A statement on his Facebook page reads, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease."
 
Campbell is survived by his wife, Kim Campbell of Nashville, TN; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane, and Dillon; ten grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara, Sandra, and Jane; and brothers John Wallace and Gerald. 
 
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations for Alzheimer’s research may be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the donation page at Careliving.org.
 
Campbell revealed his Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis in 2011 and began his retreat from public life shortly after the announcement.
 
Campbell was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, but his popularity spanned television, film and the world of pop music. Best known for his string of hits in the late '60s and '70s -- including his signature song, 1975's "Rhinestone Cowboy" -- Campbell also hosted the CBS variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1968 to 1972. It introduced him to a mainstream audience and helped him win the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1969.
 
That same year, film legend John Wayne chose Campbell to appear with him in the movie Western True Grit, which earned the singer a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the film's Oscar-nominated theme song.
 
Though he won his first two Grammy Awards for his version of John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind," Glen Campbell's career reached new heights when he began recording songwriter Jimmy Webb's songs, including "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." By the Time I Get to Phoenix, the album, earned Campbell the Album of the Year Grammy for 1968. Another major hit, "Southern Nights," followed in 1977.
 
Prior to becoming a star in his own right, Campbell had established himself as an in-demand session guitarist in Los Angeles. As part of the studio session group nicknamed "The Wrecking Crew," Campbell played guitar on classics including Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night," The Monkees' "I'm a Believer," and the groundbreaking Beach Boys' album, Pet Sounds. Campbell also played bass and sang high harmonies on tour with the Beach Boys in 1964 and 1965.
 
After three failed marriages, Campbell made headlines in 1980 and 1981 for his high-profile, stormy relationship with fellow country singer Tanya Tucker, who was 21 years old at the time; Campbell was 44. 
 
After meeting dancer Kim Woollen on a blind date in 1981, the couple married the following year and had three children together. Woollen is credited with helping Campbell overcome his drug and alcohol problems. He vowed to quit drinking after a 2003 DUI arrest. Campbell also has five children from previous marriages.
 
The late '80s and early '90s saw Glen Campbell performing regularly at his own theater in Branson, Missouri. His 2008 album Meet Glen Campbell featured him covering songs from U2, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and Foo Fighters to great critical acclaim.
 
After announcing his Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2011, Campbell released Ghost on the Canvas as a farewell album, and subsequently embarked on what he dubbed the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour.  The trek ran through November 2012, and featured several of Campbell's children playing in his backing band. The tour was the subject of the acclaimed documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.
 
Campbell accepted the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and performed "Rhinestone Cowboy" on the Grammy telecast. The Band Perry and Blake Shelton also performed in his honor on the broadcast.

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Report: Hackers Leak More 'Game Of Thrones' Plot Details


The hackers behind the massive data breach against HBO reportedly released a cache of the network’s internal documents Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 
 
The leak reportedly includes a “detailed summary” of an upcoming “Game of Thrones” episode along with a month’s worth of emails from one of the company’s executives. The summary of Season 7, Episode 5, was included alongside “castings, script summaries and marketing materials” for the hit series, the news outlet reported, saying it received a message from the hackers via email. 
 
“HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week. As we said, the forensic review is ongoing,” a representative of HBO said in a statement provided to HuffPost. “While it has been reported that a number of emails have been made public, the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised.
 
“We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident. Meanwhile, our dedicated employees continue to focus on delivering the high quality of entertainment and service for which we are known.”
 
News of the cyberattack was confirmed last week when a script for Sunday’s Episode 4 of “Game of Thrones” was leaked online. The full episode was leaked online later in the week, but HBO stated that incident was not related to the larger hack. 
 
The hackers have reportedly demanded a ransom on the estimated 1.5 terabytes of data stolen from the premium cable network. If the size of the attack is accurate, this would be seven times the amount of data taken from Sony in 2014.
 
“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” HBO said in a statement when news of the data breach became public. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
 
While the company works with the FBI to figure out exactly what has been stolen, CEO Richard Plepler has assured employees that he does not believe HBO’s entire email system has been compromised.

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Chris Pratt And Anna Faris Split, And Now Love Is Dead (According To Twitter)


Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are going their separate ways not because of some third party in their marriage, not because one of them did something unforgivable ... they split because they each have very different views of what a family should be.
 
 
Our sources say Anna wants a family that is pretty much together most of the time. She wants a base ... which for her has been Los Angeles. We're told she wants more kids. The upshot ... Anna wants a traditional family.
Chris, on the other hand, has had some life-changing experiences that has required him to adjust the balance between family and career. When he married Anna back in 2009, she was much bigger than him. He's now at the top of the Hollywood food chain, and with that comes opportunities that take him all over the world, shooting movies that take him away from home for months at a time.
Our sources say he doesn't want more kids ... at least not in the foreseeable future, because he can't juggle a growing family with his career. And he can't be corralled in one place -- even L.A. -- because that's not the way the movie industry works.

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U.S. Usher Failed To Warn 2 Women, 1 Man About Herpes, Lawsuit Claims


A lawsuit was filed Monday accusing Usher of failure to inform three plaintiffs that he may have exposed them to genital herpes before sexual contact.
Lisa Bloom, the attorney for Quantasia Sharpton, and two other plaintiffs who have only been identified as John and Jane Doe, filed the suit on Monday at Los Angeles Superior Court. California law requires carriers to disclose their status to sexual partners.
The three plaintiffs allege that Usher Raymond IV (a.k.a. Usher) committed sexual battery, negligence, and emotional damage when he engaged in vaginal sex with the two female plaintiffs, and oral sex with the male.
"Raymond's failure to rebut the numerous reports that he has herpes has reasonably induced the plaintiffs to believe that Raymond has the virus and that he exposed them to it," the lawsuit claims, reports City News Service. "In the event plaintiffs have contracted the herpes virus, their health may be compromised in the future as a result of the increased risk of cancer, diabetes, high-risk pregnancies, higher risk of contracting HIV and other medical conditions..."
Sharpton, who lives in New York, stated that she attended an Usher concert for her 19th birthday two years ago and was picked by the singer out of the crowd. She then alleged that she was invited backstage and later had sex with the singer in a hotel room.
"When I first heard he had herpes, I couldn't believe it ... I would never have consented if I had known," Sharpton said, reports CNS. "Usher if you are negative, please say so. If you are positive, you need to warn your sex partners so they can make their own informed decisions."
Sharpton has since tested negative for the disease, but at least one of the other plaintiffs in the case has tested positive.
In July, leaked court documents were obtained by Radar Online that first alleged Usher's apparent diagnosis. The documents were related to a lawsuit brought against the singer by a "celebrity stylist" who claimed Usher exposed her to herpes while the two had "rigorous unprotected sex."
During Monday's press conference, Bloom did not accuse Usher directly of having the STD, but stated that the eight-time Grammy-winning artist has not denied claims, and that Bloom has been contacted by other parties for whom she may file additional lawsuits.

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Rapper Kidd Creole Charged With Murder Of Homeless Man


One of the founders of the legendary group Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five has been arrested and charged in the fatal stabbing of a homeless man, ABC News has confirmed.
 
Nathaniel Glover, 57, also known as the rapper Kidd Creole, was arraigned in a New York City courtroom today. He did not enter a plea.
 
Glover was arrested Wednesday in the Bronx, where he lives, and charged with second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
 
According to police, Glover got into a dispute with the homeless man, who has been identified as John Jolly, 55, on the city's east side Tuesday night. According to police records, Jolly was a level 2 sex offender and career criminal with 17 prior arrests dating back to 1983.
 
Glover then "pulled out a knife that he had attached to his forearm with rubber bands and stabbed [Jolly] in the chest with the knife two times," stated the criminal complaint obtained by ABC News. The complaint said Glover told police that he did so because he was in fear of Jolly.
 
Jolly was later found lying on the sidewalk. First responders treating him initially believed he was drunk until they saw the stab wound, police said.
 
Jolly refused to tell police detectives that he was attacked or even identify a suspect, ABC News learned. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died.
 
New York Police Department detectives were able to put the case together after they spotted someone they say is Glover near the crime scene on surveillance footage.
 
Glover had been working as the midnight security guard at a building near where the stabbing took place.
 
Glover helped form one of the first rap groups, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Their 1982 single "The Message" is ranked No. 52 on Rolling Stone's list of greatest songs of all time. In 2007, the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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‘Dukes Of Hazzard’ Star Accused Of Grabbing Woman’s Buttocks


Police in Massachusetts arrested former “Dukes of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat Wednesday night after an actress alleged that he recently grabbed her buttocks during rehearsal for a musical.
 
Officers in the Boston suburb of Waltham said that during the arrest, they found what they believed to be cocaine in Wopat’s possession. The 65-year-old faces charges of alleged indecent assault, battery and drug possession, according to Fox News.
 
Wopat was in Waltham to appear in “42nd Street,” scheduled to open there tonight. A female cast member told officers that Wopat grabbed her buttocks on July 23 while they were rehearsing a scene.
 
She said the incident made her uncomfortable and uneasy, so much so that she filed a harassment protection order against Wopat, which was granted on Thursday, according to the Waltham News Tribune.
 
“I don’t want him near me,” she told the court. 
 
Wopat pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Thursday. He was released on $1,000 bail and was told to stay away from the woman. A pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 26.
 
Court documents cited another woman who said Wopat allegedly tapped her on the rear end with his script and said “nice butt,” before poking her stomach.
 
The actor told police that he flirts but did “nothing that could be considered inappropriate,” according to Fox News.
 
The News Tribune reported that Wopat told police that he lightly touched one of the female cast members on her hip while telling her, “I like the way you work.”
 
Police said they found a small amount of cocaine on Wopat and another small amount in his car. Fox News, citing court documents, reported that he admitted to police that he buys the drug “in large quantities and uses it over time.” 
 
Wopat played one of the main characters in “The Dukes Of Hazzard,” which ran on television from 1979 to 1985. Since then, he has continued to work in TV and on the stage, and was nominated for a Tony in 1999 for his work in the Broadway revival of the musical, “Annie Get Your Gun.”

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'This Is Us': Sylvester Stallone to Guest Star as ‘Father Figure’


“This Is Us” has booked Sylvester Stallone for a guest role on Season 2, creator Dan Fogelman announced
 
“Kevin’s character is shooting his big movie and we needed a big co-star with him,” Fogelman said at a Television Critics Association panel. “And So Sly Stallone is going to come and do a part on the show as Justin [Hartley’s] co-star/father figure on the film.”
 
Stallone will join series regulars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones on the show’s second season.
 
“Milo obviously knows him really well, and that was a big reason why he’s doing it,” Fogelman said. “We have a great script for him, I think it’s going to be really exciting.”
 
Fogelman teased a few other details about Season 2, including that the cause of Jack’s death will be revealed in the upcoming season. The premiere episode, which will pick up shortly after the Season 1 finale, will reveal “a giant piece of the puzzle,” Fogelman said.
 
“This Is Us” Season 2 will premiere on NBC on Sept. 26.

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'The Middle' Season 9 Will Be Its Las ABC Says


The ABC network has confirmed that the upcoming ninth season of “The Middle” will indeed be its last. The series premiere, scheduled for this fall, will the the final for one of the networks longest-running current sitcoms, despite an uptick in Season 8.
 
According to Deadline, the series never scored huge ratings numbers since its premiere in 2009. Last year, it moved to Tuesdays, which increased its viewership a bit, but it seems it was not enough to keep the Heck family going for another year.
 
“The Heck family has been part of the ABC family for almost a decade. It’s rare for a series to have this type of longevity, and we are proud to have been its home. We’ve watched Axl, Sue and Brick grow up right before our eyes under Frankie and Mike’s unique parenting style,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey in a statement to the outlet. “I’m looking forward to the fitting and happy ending the producers will give the Hecks and our viewers.”
 
As Variety notes, the show has been one of the network’s longest-running, next to “Modern Family.” Each of its seasons ran a full 24 episodes, with the exception of the latest at 23. Now, following the ninth and final season, it will pass the coveted 200 episode marker.
 
“Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close.  It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye,” co-creators Heisler and Heline told the outlet. “Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.”

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ACLU Defends John Oliver Against Coal Baron With Hilarious Brief


The American Civil Liberties Union thinks a defamation lawsuit filed by a coal industry titan against comedian John Oliver is a joke.
 
So the organization has filed an amicus brief for Oliver that is, frankly, hilarious while making the point that free speech is still protected by the First Amendment.
 
A little back story: In June, coal tycoon Robert E. Murray, owner of Murray Energy Corporation, sued Oliver, HBO, Time Warner and the writers for “Last Week Tonight,” for “a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate” Murray’s character.
 
Oliver’s segment mainly focused on a mine collapse in Utah that killed nine people, but he did call Murray a “geriatric Dr. Evil,” and he did have a man in a squirrel costume say, “Eat Shit, Bob!” 
 
The original suit argued that “nothing has ever stressed [Murray] more than [Oliver’s] vicious and untruthful attack,” to which the ACLU’s brief notes:
 
“As one media outlet asked, ‘[I]s he really saying that a late night British comedian on a premium channel has caused him more stress than the time that one of his mines collapsed and killed a group of his employees? If so ... that’s ... weird.’”
The brief also directly addresses Murray with section headings like “All of John Oliver’s Speech Was Protected by the First Amendment. You Can’t Sue People for Being Mean to You, Bob”; “Plaintiff’s Requested Injunction Is Clearly Unconstitutional. You Can’t Get a Court Order Telling the Press How to Cover Stories, Bob”; and “Anyone Can Legally Say ‘Eat Shit, Bob!’”
 
The ACLU also argues the “case is about Murray not liking a television program and somehow believing that is a legally actionable offense,” adding, “apparently because [Murray’s] delicate sensibilities were offended, they clutched their pearls and filed this suit.”
 
The brief also explains that truth is a defense in defamation lawsuits and includes this photo to defend Oliver’s claim that, yes, Murray does look like a “geriatric Dr. Evil.” 
 
 
You can read the complete brief below, followed by the original “Last Week Tonight” segment that inspired the lawsuit. 

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Nick Cannon's Son Accidentally Bought Thousands of Dollars Worth of Fidget Spinners


Nick Cannon stopped by The View and talked about son’s odd shopping habit. His twin children, Moroccan, “Roc,” and Monroe, “Roe,” with singer Mariah Carey are six and he lovingly described them as a “handful.”
 
He shared that Roc is obsessed with ordering things on Amazon. What does he like to buy? Cannon said, “It doesn’t matter. He just likes clicking the button. Kitchen utensils, all types of stuff is coming to the house.”
 
However, Roc seems to have gone on an ordering frenzy without Cannon’s knowledge and ordered 103 fidget spinners. Cannon said that the spree cost “like $6,000.” To make matters worse, it was sent to Cannon’s accountant’s office.
 
It looks like there will be a lot of fidget spinning happening in the Cannon world.

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‘SNL’ Veteran Says It’s A ‘Completely Different’ Show In Donald Trump Era


Despite what you saw at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night each week, Donald Trump left the “Saturday Night Live” team exhausted and confused.
 
Shortly after this most recent season of “SNL,” Bobby Moynihan left the show to pursue a sitcom with CBS, called “Me, Myself & I.” Moynihan had completed nine seasons with the show, with the episodes during and after the 2016 presidential campaign earning much higher viewership ratings than the show had typically seen.
 
Moynihan’s exit was a bit perplexing; he had become a veteran on the show and “SNL” had never been more popular during his run. Now that the actor is doing press for this new sitcom, he’s inevitably fielding questions about his departure.
 
At a TCA event, Moynihan finally explained that last season was “the hardest year easily,” according to Deadline. Trump and his cohorts’ effect on the show sounds like an internal nightmare.
 
With Trump you would come in on Friday and he did something nuts, and we’d have to re-do everything. At times we were doing a brand new cold open on Saturday.
Bobby Moynihan
“You get so used to never sleeping and writing all night long, and I made it through eight years of this, thinking this can’t get any worse,” said Moynihan. “And then, all of a sudden Trump happens ... With Trump you would come in on Friday and he did something nuts, and we’d have to re-do everything. At times we were doing a brand new cold open on Saturday.”
 
Despite Trump’s actions occasionally being humorous (in an absurdist way), it’s far from easy to create a worthwhile parody of the man. Or at least, the task is easily much harder than other political figures the show has tackled throughout its decadeslong run.
 
“I felt like I was on one show for eight years and another for one year,” Moynihan elaborated. “It was a completely different machine last year, took on a whole different level.”
 
But even if there was this anguish behind the scenes, Moynihan made sure to assert he still remembers last season fondly. He said it was “weirdly, maybe deep down one of my favorites” and added, “I was glad I got to be there for it.”
 

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'Last Jedi' sends Carrie Fisher off 'in an amazing way,' John Boyega says


It's been confirmed that Carrie Fisher's final "Star Wars" film will be "The Last Jedi," in theaters this December.
 
And now, John Boyega, who says his character Finn has a lot of scenes with Fisher's General (formerly Princess) Leia, explains that the sendoff for the "Star Wars" icon will be "amazing."
 
"[Carrie] and I have many scenes in this one," he said while on "Popcorn with Peter Travers."
 
Last we saw Finn, he had just fought Kylo Ren in a lightsaber duel and suffered an injury. He's seen healing in some sort of tank in previews for the "Last Jedi."
 
"We really enjoyed each other's company," Boyega told Travers of working with Fisher. "I was in Nigeria when we found out [about her death]. It was a strange, strange feeling. I felt like everyone in the cast went silent for a bit after that ... [But] this movie, it sends her off in an amazing, amazing way."
 
Fisher, 60, died last December after suffering cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
 
Boyega said the beauty of "Star Wars" is that Fisher will be alive for years to come on the big screen as Leia.
 
When talking about how his life has changed since stepping into the "Star Wars" world, Boyega said he has a fun trick to avoid being swarmed by fans: he does his shopping late at night.
 
"I've still been able to maintain a sort of force-field around my personal life," he said of fame. "I still get to go to the grocery store and do my own shopping ... One thing I do like doing is 1:30 a.m., I go out and go do some late night shopping at a food store or something."
 
He added, "I'm in my pajamas ... and people are just like, 'That can't be him, he wouldn't do that.'"
 
Well, they know better now!
 
"The Last Jedi" hits theaters on Dec. 15.

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'Kevin Can Wait' Shocker: Erinn Hayes' Donna Will Be Killed Off


Kevin Can Wait is sending Donna six feet under.
 
At CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Tuesday, Thom Sherman, Senior Exec VP of Programming, was asked how the fledgling sitcom will handle the absence of leading lady Erinn Hayes, who over the summer was dismissed and (essentially) replaced with Kevin James’ former TV bride Leah Remini.
 
“The character will have passed away,” Sherman revealed, before adding that Season 2 will begin with a time jump.
 
Regarding speculation that the show is essentially turning into The King of Queens, Sherman said, “No, I don’t think so. I think the show speaks for itself and stands for itself. Obviously, the chemistry [between James and Remini] was amazing in the stunt episodes.”
 
In the Season 1 finale, retired cop Kevin temporarily returned to the force as part of an ongoing undercover op with former partner Vanessa Cellucci (Remini). After the case was closed, Kevin returned home to learn that Donna had quit her job as a school nurse after being passed up for a promotion, meaning both of them were now unemployed.
 
King of Queens co-star Leah Remini helped reign in Kevin James on the season finale of Kevin Can Wait. Remini played Kevin's old police partner, Vanessa Cellucci. The old King of Queens duo revived their old rapport, basically playing Doug and Carrie as cops. Cellucci and Kevin were working undercover and were hot on the trail of a dubious art dealer when they discovered that the art he was hocking wasn't forgeries. Thinking that the case was cold, Kevin was suddenly struck with an uncharacteristic touch of genius. He took Cellucci to the dealer's warehouse and looked for narcotics amongst the shipments and it turned out that yes, the art dealer was also a drug dealer. Though the art dealer caught them, the two managed to escape. Fortunately for them, it turned out the dubious art dealer's girlfriend was FBI so Kevin and Cellucci were able to escape and close the case.
“True, I’ve been let go from the show,” Hayes wrote on social media shortly after news of her exit broke. “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”
 
Kevin Can Wait returns with its second season on Monday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c.

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Liam Gallagher On What It Would Really Take To Get Oasis Back Together


Liam Gallagher is about to do something he’s never done before: release a solo album.
 
Due out Oct. 5, the set, called “As You Were,” finds Gallagher stepping out on his own for the first time. There’s no Oasis. No Beady Eye, his post-Oasis band, anywhere to be found. It’s just Gallagher’s distinctive vocals backed by music infused with ’60s and ’70s influences. 
 
And it all feels, well, a little strange for the 44-year-old singer, he says. It doesn’t feel quite right.
 
If it were up to Gallagher, he would still be in a band. And if you go a step further than that, he’d still be making music with his brother Noel as Oasis.
 
“I don’t want to be here sitting talking about a solo album,” Liam told HuffPost during a visit to New York to play a pair of solo gigs. “I’m Oasis. I never wanted Oasis to split up. If Oasis was still there, I would be happy. This solo thing feels alien, although I’m going to give it a good shot.”
 
Liam and his brother formed Oasis in Manchester, England, in 1991. Hits, fame and accolades followed. And regardless of how old you were when “Wonderwall” (written by Noel, with lead vocals by Liam) came out, there’s still something about the line, “I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now,” that gets you every time.
 
But brotherly issues got in the way, a major falling out took place, and the band announced they were splitting in 2009 ― just minutes before they were supposed to take the stage at the Rock en Seine festival near Paris.
 
“It is with some sadness and great relief ... I quit Oasis tonight,” Noel said at the time in a statement. “People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”
 
According to Liam, they haven’t spoken to each other since 2009, aside from “a bit of a shouting match at a football match.”
 
So, what would it take to get Oasis back together?
 
“We need to like each other first,” Liam said, explaining, “I never did Oasis for money. Me and him [Noel] have got to be on speaking terms. We’ve got to get back to liking each other and once that happens I guess the next step would be to get the band back together. But that is way, way, way off. Because we’re not speaking to each other. We don’t like each other.  We’re totally different people.”
 
But he quickly added, “I would love nothing more in the world” than to reunite as Oasis.
 
Although Liam has had some choice words to say about his brother over the years, including during our interview (“he threw me under the bus” and “he loves having the power,” Liam charged, among other things), he insisted the good times “without a doubt” outweigh the bad ones.
 
“Getting a record deal was the best memory,” he said, adding, “Playing the football grounds in your hometown. There were loads of great moments … When I look back, I look back with fond memories.”
 
Going on tour and simply singing songs he loves are reasons why Liam decided to get back to it. With “As You Were,” he co-wrote and produced some of the tracks, alongside various collaborators.
 
“When it’s not there, you miss it,” Liam said about recording music and performing live. “You don’t appreciate it when you got it. It’s good to be back.”
 
So, with or without his older brother, Liam is full steam ahead for now. He’s loving the chance to sing both his solo tracks and classic Oasis songs in concert. His set list has included “Wonderwall,” “Morning Glory,” “Slide Away” and “Be Here Now,” along with new tracks like “Greedy Soul” and “Wall of Glass.”
 
“It’s like getting back on a bike. I like singing it [Oasis songs],” he said, adding, “I want to see people jumping up and down.”
 
Just hours before hitting the stage at The Heath inside The McKittrick in New York City, Liam looked around his hotel room with a smile and said, “It’s going to be fucking amazing.”
 
Two days later, fans packed into Rough Trade in Brooklyn, New York, for an intimate show. Phones in hands, they sang along to both Liam’s new songs and Oasis hits. (One fan even held up an Oasis vinyl record throughout nearly the entire gig.) Jumping up and down, they chanted “Liam, Liam, Liam, Liam” in between songs.  
 
Following his performance of “Wonderwall,” Liam appeared satisfied, thanking the crowd and saying, “Look out for yourselves.”

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Source: Scaramucci escorted out of White House


President Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci from his new job as communications director, on his 11th day on the job -- he was named to the position on July 21.
 
"Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
 
Scaramucci was escorted out of the White House, a source told CBS News.
 
Harvard accidentally lists Scaramucci as dead in alumni directory
This comes the same day that retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly was sworn in as the new White House chief of staff. The New York Times first reported the development, which said that Kelly asked Mr. Trump to remove Scaramucci from his role. The report added that Kelly also made clear Monday morning that he's now in charge. Kelly wanted "more structure, less Game of Thrones," a source close to the White House told CBS News. The source added that Kelly will have far more latitude than Reince Priebus & did a good job negotiating terms of his service -- "either I'm a chief of staff in name, or I'm the chief of staff."
 
Scaramucci had previously bragged that he would report directly to the president rather than the chief of staff.
 
Just hours earlier, the president tweeted that there is no chaos at the White House.
 
Donald J. Trump âœ" @realDonaldTrump
Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!
8:28 AM - Jul 31, 2017
 
As the news began circulating Monday afternoon, outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer came out of his office where he had huddled with various people. He joyously asked, looking at a dozen or so reporters in the hallway, if there was a surprise party.
 
At a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Mr. Trump said, "I predict that General Kelly will go down, in terms of the position of chief of staff, one of the great ever. And we're going to have a good time, but much more importantly, we're going to work hard and we're going to make America great again."
 
Mr. Trump named Kelly, who had been serving as Homeland Security secretary, to the new role on Friday, replacing Reince Priebus. Priebus said that he had resigned from the position, which he had served in since the inauguration in January.
 
Scaramucci was viewed as a provocative figure who bumped heads with both Priebus and Sean Spicer, who resigned from his job as press secretary the same day that Scaramucci was chosen to lead the White House communications operation. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since taken over as press secretary.
 
Last week, he came under fire for comments he made during a phone call with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza. He said that he believed that Priebus had leaked information about the dinner he attended with the president that night.
 
"They'll all be fired by me," he said. "I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I'll fire tomorrow. I'll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus -- if you want to leak something -- he'll be asked to resign very shortly...Reince is a f******* paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac."
 
Then using a vulgar colloquialism, Scaramucci said that Priebus had tried to block him for months, and was now giving former Fox News executive Bill Shine the same treatment. The entire exchange between Lizza and Scaramucci was detailed in a story published online Thursday by the New Yorker.
 
Scaramucci is the second communications director to leave the position. In May, Michael Dubke resigned from the gig, saying that he was leaving for personal reasons.
 

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Inside Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange's 'Tumultuous' Relationship: 'An Incredible Match, but ... Not Without Fireworks'


Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard had one of the most prolific Hollywood relationships – but it wasn’t always easy.
 
Shepard, who died of complication from ALS last Thursday at age 73, and Lange, 68, first met on the set of the film Frances and started dating in 1982. They went on to have two children – Hannah Jane and Samuel Walker, born in 1985 and 1987.
 
Though their relationship lasted almost three decades, they were both often honest about the hardships they faced together. The actor and playwright opened up to The Guardian in 2010 about how they maintained their “tumultuous” relationship.
 
“I mean, we have long periods of relative calm. But then you know.” Shepard said. “We’re definitely an incredible match. But, you know, not without fireworks… although at this point, you know, she’s the only woman I could live with. Who could live with me! What other woman would put up with me?”
 
Lange’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE in late 2011 that the two had split almost two years prior, with a source telling PEOPLE at the time they were “pursuing independent lives.”
 
The actress recently appeared on the cover of AARP The Magazine where she reminisced on her relationship with Shepard, alluding to their frequent troubles.
 
“I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor,” Lange said.
 
Still, Shepard held Lange in the highest regard, telling The Guardian she’s the most honest person he’d ever met.
 
“I’ve never known her, ever, to lie about anything. And I couldn’t say that about…About myself. About anybody. Men lie all the time,” he said. “Whereas Jessica has this absolute honesty. I think it’s a direct quality of the Midwest, of that background that she’s from.”
 
“I’d never met anybody like her,” he continued. “She was astounding. One of the great things about her, aside from her natural beauty, which was remarkable, was her humbleness.”
 
Pulitzer-Winning Playwright And Actor Sam Shepard Has Died At 73
 
Playwright and actor Sam Shepard has died aged 73, according to a family spokesperson. Shepard died at his home last week in Kentucky after complications from ALS. 

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Lady Gaga Subpoenaed By Dr. Luke In Kesha Defamation Suit


Lady Gaga has been subpoenaed to give a deposition in Dr. Luke’s defamation suit against Kesha.
 
The music producer’s legal team believes Gaga has “relevant information” regarding the case.
 
"In connection with Dr. Luke's defamation claims against Kesha, various third parties are being deposed by both sides, including celebrities,” Dr. Luke’s lawyer says in a statement. “Dr. Luke's counsel served a subpoena on Lady Gaga because she has relevant information regarding, among other things, false statements about Dr. Luke made to her by Kesha.”
 
The statement continues, “This motion has become necessary because Dr. Luke's counsel has not been able to obtain, despite repeated request, a deposition date from Lady Gaga."
 
A representative for Gaga tells Billboard in a statement, "As Lady Gaga's legal team will present to the court, she has provided all of the relevant information in her possession and is at most an ancillary witness in this process.”
 
The statement adds, “Dr. Luke's team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga's role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests."
 
Gaga has been an outspoken supporter of Kesha following Kesha’s sexual abuse allegations against Dr. Luke, birth name Lukasz Gottwald. Dr. Luke has denied Kesha’s allegations.

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Angelina Jolie Refutes Vanity Fair’s Portrayal Of Controversial Auditions


Angelina Jolie is upset over a recent Vanity Fair profile that depicted an audition scene for her upcoming Cambodian film “First They Killed My Father,” which many people found exploitative. 
 
The Vanity Fair cover story, published online this week, described a “game” Jolie’s casting directors played with children from “orphanages, circuses and slum schools” while searching for an actor to play the role of Loung Ung, the author of the memoir on which the is film based.
 
In the game, as described by Vanity Fair contributor Evgenia Peretz, casting directors placed money in front of the children, asked them what they needed the money for, then took it away to elicit a reaction.
 
Critics called the casting strategy described in the magazine emotionally abusive and cruel.
 
Lula x @lule_abdul
It's actually sickening how Angelina Jolie played a psychological game with impoverished children/orphans to cast a part in a film.
8:21 AM - Jul 28, 2017
 
Nathaliekdy @Nathaliekdy
This 'casting game' Angelina Jolie subjected impoverish children to is monstrous and should not go unnoticed.
8:11 AM - Jul 27, 2017
 
Jolie said in a statement Saturday that the audition scene had been taken out of context. According to the actress, there were parents, guardians and non-governmental organization partners, as well as medical doctors, present throughout the entire filmmaking process, including auditions. She emphasized that no one was hurt by participating in the recreation of the film’s scenes.
 
“Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present,” she told HuffPost in a statement.
 
Jolie, who directed the film, said the audition “game” described in the profile was an improvisation exercise based off a scene in the film. She also said real money was not taken from children during the auditions.
 
“I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario,” said Jolie, a United Nations special envoy for refugees. “The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”  
 
A source familiar with the film’s casting process told HuffPost the children who auditioned were aware they were improvising a scene from the film, adding that no real money was involved. Casting directors reiterated to the kids auditioning that it was a “pretend game” in order to ensure the actors did not feel any pressure, the source said.
 
The “pretend game” was reportedly based on Ung’s real-life experience of getting caught stealing by the Khmer Rouge. Ung, a Cambodian-American, survived the Khmer Rouge killings that claimed the lives of her parents, two siblings and nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s.
 
The actors who were ultimately cast in Jolie’s film are a mix of trained actors, orphans and disadvantaged children. Srey Moch Sareum, the child playing the film’s leading role, lives in a slum community and attends a non-governmental organization school in Cambodia.
 
“Srey Moch was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time,” Jolie had told Vanity Fair. “When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion. All these different things came flooding back.” 
 
 
Rithy Panh, a Cambodian filmmaker and producer on the film, said, ahead of the auditions, crews introduced the children to the camera equipment and explained they had to pretend to steal something that was left unattended and then get caught.
 
Panh, himself a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, called the criticism over the “game” described in the profile a “misunderstanding.”
 
“Great care was taken with the children not only during auditions, but throughout the entirety of the film’s making,” he said in a statement to HuffPost.
 
“Because the memories of the genocide are so raw, and many Cambodians still have difficulty speaking about their experiences, a team of doctors and therapists worked with us on set every day so that anyone from the cast or crew who wanted to talk could do so,” he added.
 
Jolie’s upcoming Netflix film is based on Ung’s 2000 memoir of the same name. Jolie said in the Vanity Fair profile that there was an “authentic connection to pain for everyone involved” with the film, which will be released later this year. She also explained that a therapist was on set every day to provide support for those impacted by flashbacks and nightmares of the Khmer Rouge’s rule.
 
Vanity Fair did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment by the time of this publication.
 
Read Jolie and Panh’s full statements below:
 
Angelina Jolie, director:
 
Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present.  Parents, guardians, partner NGOs whose job it is to care for children, and medical doctors were always on hand everyday, to ensure everyone had all they needed.  And above all to make sure that no one was in any way hurt by participating in the recreation of such a painful part of their country’s history.
 
I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.  
 
The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war, and to help fight to protect them.”
Rithy Panh, producer:
 
I want to comment on recent reports about the casting process for Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, which grossly mischaracterize how child actors were selected for the film, and I want to clear up the misunderstandings.
 
Because so many children were involved in the production, Angelina and I took the greatest care to ensure their welfare was protected. Our goal was to respect the realities of war, while nurturing everyone who helped us to recreate it for the film.
 
The casting was done in the most sensitive way possible. The children were from different backgrounds. Some were underprivileged; others were not. Some were orphans. All of the children were tended to at all times by relatives or carers from the NGOs responsible for them. The production team followed the families’ preferences and the NGO organizations’ guidelines. Some of the auditions took place on the NGOs’ premises.
 
Ahead of the screen tests, the casting crew showed the children the camera and the sound recording material. It explained to them that they were going to be asked to act out a part: to pretend to steal petty cash or a piece of food left unattended and then get caught in the act. It relates to a real episode from the life of Loung Ung, and a scene in the movie, when she and her siblings were caught by the Khmer Rouge and accused of stealing.
 
The purpose of the audition was to improvise with the children and explore how a child feels when caught doing something he or she is not supposed to be doing.
 
We wanted to see how they would improvise when their character is found ‘stealing’ and how they would justify their action. The children were not tricked or entrapped, as some have suggested. They understood very well that this was acting, and make believe. What made Srey Moch, who was chosen for the lead role of Loung Ung, so special was that she said that she would want the money not for herself, but for her grandfather.
 
Great care was taken with the children not only during auditions, but throughout the entirety of the film’s making. They were accompanied on set by their parents, other relatives or tutors. Time was set aside for them to study and play. The children’s well-being was monitored by a special team each day, including at home, and contact continues to the present. Because the memories of the genocide are so raw, and many Cambodians still have difficulty speaking about their experiences, a team of doctors and therapists worked with us on set every day so that anyone from the cast or crew who wanted to talk could do so.
 
The children gave their all in their performances and have made all of us in the production, and, I believe, in Cambodia, very proud.
 
“I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario,” Jolie said in a statement to HuffPost.
 
“The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”

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Rihanna to Body Shamers: ‘Somebody Called Me Too Fat?’


Rihanna has been living her best life promoting her new sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Meanwhile, there has been plenty of controversy over the singer’s body, from fans who praise her new “thick” figure to body shamers calling her “fat.” In a video posted by a fan Instagram account, the singer replied to it all, writing: “Somebody called me too fat?” The multimillionaire ultimately seemed unfazed by the comments surrounding her new look.
 
In the 2015 video, Rihanna shows us that despite being an international celeb, she is just like the rest of us. She is seen grabbing snacks at a gas station’s convenience store. The fan Instagram account captioned the video, “Everybody who calling rob too fat @mdollas11 telling you what to do in this video K!! #mindyourown #eatallyouwant @badgalriri I got you like Melissa.”
 
Melissa Forde is Rihanna’s childhood best friend, who in the video is shouting “‘You’re judging her — stop judging her” to the person recording and criticizing Rihanna for grabbing several snacks in just her few minutes in the store.
 
“Somebody called me too fat?” Rihanna wrote in the comments of the video. To clarify that she was joking in her response, Rihanna added three laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying emoji.
 
Commenters quickly answered the singer’s rhetorical question; one person wrote, “You are beautiful baby girl, I love how you don’t settle for less. Love your thickness and embrace your new body. Always remember there’s no such thing as fat.”

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'Girls Trip' Star Says Idea Of Working With Cosby Is A Joke


"Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish says she was just joking when she said she wanted to work with Bill Cosby.
 
Haddish told reporters Thursday that she made the remarks during a day of interviews and was trying to be funny while reflecting a fearless approach to her work.
 
She said it was "not the best joke" and clarified: "I don't agree with what he did or anything."
 
Haddish later told The Associated Press that she had done more than 20 interviews that day.
 
"In every interview you have to be humorous because you're considered a comedian, right? So I was trying to be humorous and maybe it was not the best joke," she said. "It was a joke. But at the end of the day, the whole point of it was to say I'm not afraid of the big bad wolf."
 
Haddish appeared at the Television Critics Association's summer meeting to discuss her role in Tracy Morgan's new TBS comedy, "The Last O.G." Morgan plays a man just released from prison after 15 years. Haddish plays his former girlfriend who has moved on.
 
The actress is on a high after receiving overwhelming accolades for her performance in "Girls Trip," but says her bank account "don't show movie star yet."
 
"That's the part I'm waiting on," she said. "When do that happen? They say like nine months. It's like a baby. I'm waiting for the delivery."

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‘Deadpool 2’ Director David Leitch On That Possible Spider-Man Connection


With a great character comes great responsibility.
 
That’s how director David Leitch feels about taking over on “Deadpool 2.” Leitch told HuffPost the “Deadpool” sequel will respect the original film while also allowing him to put his stamp on it—a stamp which you can see in “John Wick” and the director’s thrilling new movie “Atomic Blonde.”
 
But has Leitch already put his own twist on the “Deadpool” universe?
 
In a “Deadpool 2” teaser, which aired in theaters before “Logan” earlier this year, an old man is killed while the titular hero struggles to put his costume on in a phone booth (typical superhero problems). However, following the teaser, fans started speculating that the victim wasn’t just any old man: That dude might’ve been Spider-Man’s uncle, Ben Parker. 
 
As evidence, people pointed out everything from how the victim died to the fact that Deadpool gets excited about the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream that lies by the man’s body.
 
HuffPost asked Leitch what he thought about the theory, and his answer was “interesting.”
 
“That’s a really interesting question,” said Leitch, coyly. “I think that people should continue to theorize who that old man was.”
 
“Whoa! What?” I blurted out after the answer.
 
Spider-Man and Deadpool have a storied history in the comics, so if this was Uncle Ben, and the universes were finally connected, it could open up all kinds of possibilities.
 
Alas, Leitch didn’t confirm anything (but he definitely didn’t deny it, either). Keep on speculating, people!
 
During our chat, the director opened up about the stairwell fight sequence in “Atomic Blonde,” which is what you will be talking about after leaving the film, and teased what we can expect in “Deadpool 2.”
 
The title for your new movie was initially “The Coldest City.” How did that change to “Atomic Blonde”?
 
I did love the original title, and obviously you always get attached to the material and I thought from the incarnation of what I was doing with the material that “Coldest City” had dual meanings. In the ’80s, the word cold meant cool or hip, and spies are living in a world of lies, and I thought myself real clever, right?
 
The long and short of it is that the movie that came out on the other end was this Bond, pop culture mashup of, like, aggregating ’80s cool, and the action was delivering to the audience, and we were testing really well, and the studio wanted to release it in a bigger way. They were feeling that there was a better way to brand the end product, and they offered up titles as they do in these types of situations, and “Atomic Blonde” was inspired by one of the executives at Focus who was sort of [going] off the idea of Blondie’s “Atomic.” When we first heard it, everybody started to repeat it and then you realized how catchy it was, and then if you really sat back and thought about what we made [...] it is a mashup. It’s crazy. It’s a wild ride. It’s not your daddy’s Cold War spy movie.
 
You must get asked a lot about the fight scene in a stairwell. Was that what you envisioned from the beginning or how did it change? 
 
In the original script, before I came on board, it was sort of this ’60s, trench-coaty noir, and the action was not specialized or grounded, and the set pieces were much more simple, but it’s my action background that anytime I get a script I look at that action as a placeholder, and then I know I’m going to expand those set pieces. That’s part of who I am as a filmmaker, in particular the action in the stairwell. I really wanted it to define the movie as a whole in terms of her bigger crisis of not being able to trust anybody — who is she really? Her life living between these three different worlds is insane, and I wanted it to be a dark dose of reality.
 
Who would win between John Wick and Charlize Theron’s Lorraine?
 
[Laugh] I will always give the diplomatic answer. I think that they’re badasses in their own right, and it’s kind of funny. They’re both sort of invincible. Just being involved in the choreography of both and the creation of both, it’s like, “C’mon. You know we’re gonna win, right?”
 
Ryan Reynolds has talked about Deadpool being pansexual in the comics and possibly having a boyfriend in future movies. What are your thoughts, and is this something we could see? 
 
Everything in the Deadpool world is possible. It’s such a crazy universe to play in, but I can’t comment about where we’re gonna go. That’s what’s fun about Deadpool, you really don’t know and you’re willing to ask these questions about him. I think that, right there, says it all. How often do you have a character where you could even have these discussions?
 
I’m so excited about how people are so into his universe and his world, and I think that says a lot about the character Ryan built. He’s perfect for that role.
 
“Atomic Blonde” is in theaters Friday.

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Ravens' John Harbaugh Talking To Colin Kaepernick -Team May Sign QB


Wednesday night’s news that Baltimore Ravens franchise quarterback Joe Flacco is dealing with a back issue – though it’s unclear how serious it is – of course led to speculation over whether the Ravens would bring in another quarterback.
 
And the most obvious and talented quarterback on the market is definitely on Baltimore’s radar.
 
Colin Kaepernick played for John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, with the San Francisco 49ers, and Greg Roman, who is currently the Ravens’ senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach, was the offensive coordinator in San Francisco during Kaepernick’s first four NFL seasons.
 
On Thursday morning, after the Ravens’ first full-team training camp practice, John Harbaugh was asked about his team’s interest in signing Kaepernick.
 
“I’ve known Colin for many years through my brother for many years,” Harbaugh said. “And we talked and then got to know him very well when he scrimmaged here. He and I have been talking through the summer a number of times. We had some great conversations on the phone, and it’s really been a pleasure to talk to him and get to know him.
 
“I like history and politics too, and we’ve had some debates, and it’s been fun. And he’s a great guy.
 
“He’s a guy right now that’s being talked about; we’ll just see what happens with that. Only speculation right now. He’s a really good football player and like I said, I do believe he’ll be playing in the National Football League this year.”
 
Harbaugh also said that currently, the medical recommendation for Flacco is a week of rest, but he acknowledged that back injuries are tricky.
 
Not only does Kaepernick know at least two members of the Ravens’ coaching staff, as part of his Million Dollar Pledge he donated $25,000 to Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a summer camp for Baltimore high school students that teaches public policy.
 
The two quarterbacks currently on the Baltimore roster in addition to Flacco are Ryan Mallet and Dustin Vaughan; Kaepernick would certainly be an improvement over either of those players.

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Rihanna Takes A Break From Pop Stardom To Advise French President On Education


Rihanna, an international pop star, actress and budding diplomat, is serious about getting world leaders to pay attention to global education.
 
About a month after tweeting at Emmanuel Macron about his plans to fund education, RiRi met France’s president and first lady, Brigitte Macron, to discuss the issue face to face. The “Umbrella” singer shared a tweet about the meeting on Wednesday afternoon. 
 
“Thank you Mr. President @EmmanuelMacron and Madame First Lady for the incredible meeting and passion for global and girls education!” she wrote. 
 
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Thank you Mr. President @EmmanuelMacron and Madame First Lady for the incredible meeting and passion for global and girls education! 🇫🇷
1:58 PM - Jul 26, 2017
 
Macron also shared a photo from the pair’s meeting on Twitter, adding that he’s committed to working with Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation, as well as Global Citizen. 
 
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Committed with @GlblCtzn, @ClaraLionelFdn and @rihanna to #FundEducation. 264M children are out of school : let's take up this challenge!
2:57 PM - Jul 26, 2017
 
Rihanna first tweeted at Macron in June, asking if France would commit to #FundEducation. The pop star sent similar tweets to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Germany’s spokesman for the federal government, Steffen Seibert. 
 
Upon seeing the photos of RiRi with Macron, folks on Twitter were loving it. 
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Replying to @rihanna @EmmanuelMacron
You're more presidential than Trump. Thanks for making the world a better place with your music and your activism!
2:03 PM - Jul 26, 2017
 
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Replying to @rihanna @EmmanuelMacron
And thank you for making a change in this world that we currently live in 😬
2:07 PM - Jul 26, 2017 · Cambridge, England
 
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We really appreciate your effort to try to make our world a better place! You're a big icon! We are speechless with your actions. ðŸ'œ
2:01 PM - Jul 26, 2017
 
Over the years, Rihanna has become quite the philanthropist, using her fame to influence positive change in the world and bring attention to important issues.
 
Aside from continuing to advocate for “effective education and health ​programs around the world” through her Clara Lionel Foundation, she launched a scholarship last year to help citizens or natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica attend college in the U.S., and in March, Harvard named her their Humanitarian of the Year.
 
To say she’s doing her part to make this world a better place would be an understatement. 

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Angelina Jolie Reveals Bell’s Palsy Diagnosis


Angelina Jolie is speaking out about her public divorce from Brad Pitt.
 
“It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air,” Jolie, 42, told Vanity Fair in its latest cover story. “We’re all trying to do our best to heal our family.”
 
Jolie and Pitt called it quits after 12 years together in September. And while the split came as a shock to many, the actress admits that their marriage began to crumble while filming her latest directorial effort First They Killed My Father in Cambodia last summer.
 
“Things got bad,” says Jolie. “I didn’t want to use that word. . . . Things became ‘difficult.’ ”
 
In the interview, Jolie also reveals that she developed Bell’s Palsy, in addition to hypertension, last year, a result of damage to facial nerves, causing one side of her face to droop. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she says, “until it manifests itself in their own health.”
 
After having a preventative double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery and later her ovaries removed, she says she immediately went into menopause.
 
Joking about how the past year has taken a toll on her, she quips, “I can’t tell if it’s menopause or if it’s just been the year I’ve had.”
 
As for her family, Jolie plainly states that their globe-trotting lifestyle “was not the problem” that led to her divorce.
 
“[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative,” she says. “That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children . . . They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them.”
 
Still, she admits the divorce has been hard on their six kids — Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 10; and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8.
 
“They’ve been very brave,” she said. “They were very brave.”
 
Five days before she filed for divorce, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI launched an investigation after Pitt allegedly got “verbally abusive” and “physical” with Maddox, his and Jolie‘s oldest child, after drinking on the couple’s private plane on Sept. 14.
 
They concluded that there were no findings of abuse and the former couple released a joint statement saying they were working with a private judge to resolve their divorce and would “act as a united front” moving forward. The FBI closed the criminal case with no charges.
 
“We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce,” Jolie says of the kids. “They’re healing from some . . . from life, from things in life.”
 
“We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal,” she adds of her relationship with Pitt.

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Justin Bieber Involved in Car Collision With Pedestrian After Church Service in Beverly Hills


Justin Bieber was involved in a car collision that struck a pedestrian in Beverly Hills after leaving The City Chuch services on Wednesday night.
 
Eyewitnesses at the church tell ET that paramedics were called to tend to the man who was hit. The man is reportedly a photographer.
 
The incident occurred at around 9:25 p.m., and the vehicle involved was swarmed by paparazzi after the accident.
 
The incident was caught on tape. Bieber, who could be seen behind the wheel, was driving slowly when he struck the man. He subsequently got out of the vehicle, and spoke with the man as he was laying on the ground.
 
Several people who appeared to be nearby when the event took place took to Instagram and Twitter to share photos of the scene, which was demarcated with police tape.
 
Footage from the incident shows that Kourtney Kardashian was also at the scene, after having attended City Church services.
 
The Beverly Hills Police Department told ET there was a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian at the intersection of Hamilton Dr. and Wilshire Blvd., where the Saban Theater is located. City Church held services at that theater Wednesday night.
 
"The driver of the vehicle stayed and spoke to the officers and they conducted the investigation," the BHPD watch commander told ET. "The driver has since left." BHPD did not provide more detail on the driver of the vehicle or the extent of the injuries to the pedestrian because information was still being gathered by investigating officers.
 
A representative for Bieber could not be immediately reached for comment.
 
ETonline will continue to follow this story as it develops.
 
On Monday, Bieber announced that he was cancelling the remainder of his Purpose world tour "due to unforeseen circumstances."
 
Soon after the news broke, many news outlets reported that Bieber's motivation for cancelling his tour came from his newfound calling to rededicate himself to his religion.
 
Bieber has long been a member of The City Church and is a close friend of pastor Carl Lentz, whom he joined at a massive church event in Australia earlier this year. However, the singer has staunchly denied the rumors that his faith played a role in his decision to cancel the tour.
 
A source told ET, following the cancellation, that the young pop icon was "exhausted" after his long tour.
 
"This is a guy who has had 150 shows on this tour, on six continents, over the last year and half, and he's tired," the source said. "He needed a break and as much as he didn't want to disappoint his fans, the best decision for him was to cancel the remaining tour dates."
 
A second source, meanwhile, told ET that Bieber very much had his fans in mind while making the decision, saying, "He doesn't want to let his fans down but they have always had his back." Check out the video below to hear more.
 

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Trump blocks Chrissy Teigen on Twitter


After years of trolling President Donald Trump, model and social media powerhouse Chrissy Teigen says Mr. Trump has finally blocked her on Twitter. Teigen says the straw that broke the camel's back was her tweet at the president that said no one likes him.
 
On Sunday, Mr. Trump tweeted, "It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President," and Teigen responded, "Lolllllll no one likes you."
 
23 Jul
Donald J. Trump  âœ" @realDonaldTrump
It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.
 
christine teigen âœ" @chrissyteigen
Lolllllll no one likes you
4:21 PM - 23 Jul 2017
  
 
On Tuesday, Teigen tweeted that she had been blocked "after 9 years of hating Donald J Trump."
 
teigen âœ" @chrissyteigen
After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him "lol no one likes you" was the straw
9:01 AM - 25 Jul 2017
 
 
In February, Teigen, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton, bragged to USA Today that she'd been trolling Mr. Trump for "five to seven years."
 
"I've been doing this forever, and I take pride in that," she said.
 
That includes tweets from Teigen to Mr. Trump like "You are 71 f**king years old. Grow. The f--k. Up," and "You are a national embarrassment. It's like you have no idea how to even fake being a normal human being. You are the proud type of insane."
 
Teigen's Twitter account is one of several the president has apparently blocked. Author Stephen King told his 3.5 million followers he was blocked earlier this month, and posted the tongue-in-cheek comment: "Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself."
 
Stephen King âœ" @StephenKing
Trump has blocked me from reading his tweets. I may have to kill myself.
11:15 AM - 13 Jun 2017
 
In mid-July, a group of Twitter users blocked by Mr. Trump filed a lawsuit against him and two White House aides, claiming that the president's Twitter account serves as a public forum, which would make it illegal for Mr. Trump, as a government official, to prevent individuals from reading it.
 
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that being blocked from the president's Twitter account is similar to being barred from a public forum, and a violation of the First Amendment. They also cited their right to read government statements from the president's Twitter account.

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Kailyn Lowry Suggests Third Baby Daddy Chris Lopez Cheated on Her


Last night's episode of Teen Mom 2 was a dramatic one — baby daddy custody drama, a birth, and plenty of cheating accusations. During a phone call with Luis' alleged other woman, Briana DeJesus found out that the father of her child had been cheating on her for at least a month. When she confronted him, she said, "You had sex with someone else," to which costar Kailyn Lowry replied on Twitter, "sounds familiar." She added in the comment's section, "I was dealing with the same thing."
 
Up until now, fans hadn't known much about Chris Lopez, Kail's third baby daddy. We do know, however, that he's not interested in being on the show — or in his baby's life at all. On the season premiere — which aired last week — the 25-year-old said, "He doesn’t want to be on the show. He doesn’t want his name on the show. He doesn’t want his other hoes to know about me!"
 
Kail Lowry âœ" @KailLowry
Sounds familiar 😭 https://twitter.com/teenmom/status/889657401158377472 …
9:27 PM - 24 Jul 2017
 
Back in February, the reality star mama shocked fans when she announced she was expecting again. She already shares a son, Isaac, 7, with ex-boyfriend Jo Rivera and has another son, Lincoln, 3, with her ex-husband Javi Marroquin.
 
"I am pregnant. I'm sad that I should have known that people in my life would sell me out before I was ready. Like any normal person, I want it to be a happy time. I wanted this to be a private time so I could be excited while not getting chased by paparazzi and bothered with crazy headlines. Please know this was a choice I made, I already know some won't agree but I've been showered with support by the ones I love since I found out," she said at the time.
 
Meanwhile, Briana's situation is still unknown. Although we watched the young mom discuss adoption with Luis on Monday night's episode, we now know that she has kept her daughter, based on social posts following Stella's birth on July 2. It's unclear as to whether or not the little girl has a father figure in her life, but if not, we're all still holding out hope that her mom and Javi will get together — something fans have been rooting for since Bri and Javi were spotted filming together!

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Fantasy QB Busts 2017: Why You Should Avoid Cam Newton And Other Stars


The road to title town is full of potholes. How many wheel-displacing hazards one avoids ultimately determines success. Below we list candidates, drafted often inside the top-60 overall, who we believe drive off a cliff in 2017. To ensure full accountability, we also included our biggest hits/misses from 2016. Monday’s topic: QBs.
 
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Matt Ryan, Atl (85.7 ADP, QB6)
 
In his second year with Kyle Shanahan, things clicked for Ryan and he posted a career-high 38TDs. But the year prior, when the offense was new to him, he struggled woefully. While new OC Steve Sarkisian is a quarterbacks specialist this is a transitional season for Ryan. Save 2016 he has never – over eight separate campaigns – passed for more than 32 scores. And that 32 TD effort was a one-time deal that occurred way back in 2012. If you didn’t invest in Ryan last year then you lost out. He’s all floor and no ceiling in 2017, which is why I have him ranked behind up-and-comers Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. (Liz Loza)
 
Liz’s big bust QB hit in ’16: RGIII; Big whiff: Kirk Cousins
 
Cam Newton, Car (99.9 ADP, QB10)
 
Newton had offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder and not expected to be fully operational when camp opens. That’s probably all you need to know in order to justify a downgrade. He’s also coming off the worst rushing season of his career by far, and the team upgraded its backfield in a significant way via draft, adding Christian McCaffrey. We have zero reason to think Carolina intends to use Cam as the primary goal-line rusher, a role that’s always been key to his fantasy value. And it should go without saying that the Panthers receiving corps, beyond Greg Olsen, isn’t anything special.
Cam produced career lows in both completion percentage (52.9) and yards per attempt (6.9) last season. Really, it’s tough to identify any aspect of his game or his situation that’s headed in the right direction for fantasy purposes.  (Andy Behrens)
Andy’s big bust QB hit in ’16: Blake Bortles; Big whiff: Jameis Winston
Derek Carr, Oak (98.9 ADP, QB9)
 
It’s possible Carr is an outlier and continues to defy expectations when it comes to touchdown passes despite poor efficiency, but history suggests he’s going to need to show significant improvement for him to keep throwing so many scores. There’s a direct correlation to YPA and TD production, and Carr’s career mark of 6.5 is below gunslingers like Alex Smith, Blake Bortles and Sam Bradford. And he got an anemic 6.8 YPA over the second half of last season, so it’s not like he’s showing real growth with experience.
 
Carr admittedly has a few things going for him, such as an emerging Amari Cooper and a strong offensive line, but he force feeds Michael Crabtree for some reason, and it stands to reason he won’t benefit from as much volume in close (his 92 red-zone attempts last year ranked No. 5 in the NFL) with Marshawn Lynch now in Oakland. Moreover, Carr suffered a broken fibula in Week 16, doesn’t add anything on the ground and faces the Broncos and Chiefs defenses in 25 percent of his games. Carr is the No. 9 QB off the board, but he’s outside of my top-15. (Dalton Del Don)
 
Dalton’s big bust QB hit in ’16: Ryan Fitzpatrick; Big whiff: Dak Prescott
 
Andrew Luck, Ind (54.5 ADP, QB3)
 
Concerns tied to Luck raise multiple red flags. For starters, he’s an historically bruised QB coming off shoulder surgery who has yet to start a throwing program. Accumulated rust could weigh heavily early in the season. Previous back ailments also raise my hesitancy. Additionally, and probably most worrisome, he works behind a largely transparent offensive line, which is toxic for the long-holding passer. His protection last season was ghostlike. Among eligible QBs, he ranked dead last with a 55.6 clean-pocket percentage. No surprise, the friendly Slimers up front finished bottom barrel (32-of-32) in pass-blocking efficiency.
 
Shockingly, the Colts did little to address their most glaring need via free agency instead choosing to add line depth via the NFL Draft. Ultimately, the front office is banking on its young unit to mesh. Frightening. Hurries and hits on Luck will only continue.
 
Total it up, and the QB is a dice roll at his top-55 ADP. I’ll gladly wait several rounds later to snag the likes of Marcus Mariota (95.7 ADP, QB8), Kirk Cousins (102.9 ADP, QB11) or Philip Rivers (117.4, QB15). (Brad Evans)
 
Brad’s big bust QB hit in ’16: Andy Dalton; Big whiff: Matt Ryan
 
Carson Wentz, Phi (ADP 92.56, QB17)
 
To be clear, I would have taken Luck (or maybe Carr) had he still been available to me. I’m fine to take a designer player at any position, I just have to be completely sold on that player. There’s enough red ink and smoke on Luck that I can’t view him as a safe-enough pick to command the capital. Bradley has you covered, above.
 
A Wentz fade applies more to the Superflex or QB2 world, or deeper leagues, but so it goes. I see a lot of dependability in the middle of the QB board, and some curious optimism with Wentz.
 
Are we sure Wentz is good? He lit up Philadelphia with a snappy first month, lovely. But he collapsed over his final 12 weeks (4-6 record, 9 TDs, 13 INT). His YPA dropped under 5.9 in that messy span, and his rating was a paltry 72.3 (32nd in the league).
 
Are fantasy players over-playing the Alshon Jeffery addition? Soft tissue issues are no joke. Torrey Smith is just a one-trick pony. Tell me, where is the improvement likely to come from?
 
Who should you take over Wentz? Almost anyone in that bracket. On the current ADP board I’m perusing, he’s more expensive than Tyrod Taylor, Eli Manning, and Carson Palmer, to name three; more talented players with better supporting casts. Let someone else talk himself or herself into the Philadelphia Story. (Scott Pianowski)
 
Scott’s big bust QB hit in ’16: Ryan Fitzpatrick; Big whiff: Tom Brady

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Dunkirk Veteran Weeps At Film Premiere: ‘It Was Just Like I Was There Again’


Walking out of a Calgary, Canada, movie theater on Friday, where he’d just watched the premiere of Christopher Nolan’s highly acclaimed “Dunkirk,” 97-year-old war veteran Ken Sturdy was seen wiping tears from his eyes.
 
“I never thought I’d see that again,” an emotional Sturdy, dressed in a jacket adorned with war medals and a military beret, told Canada’s Global News. “It was just like I was there again.”
 
Sturdy, who is originally from Wales, is one of the few surviving World War II veterans who was at the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940. He was among the 330,000 Allied troops who were evacuated from the French town as Nazi forces made their advance. More than 100,000 British and French troops perished in the battle, according to the BBC.
 
“I was 20 when that happened, but watching the movie, I could see my old friends again,” said Sturdy, who added that he’d “lost so many of my buddies” over the course of WWII.
 
Speaking after the film, Sturdy said he’d been moved to tears for another reason too. 
 
“Tonight I cried because it’s never the end,” he said, referring to humanity’s inexplicable penchant for war. “We the human species, we are so intelligent and do such astonishing things. We can fly to the moon, but we still do stupid things.”
 
 
Sturdy isn’t the only Dunkirk veteran who has seen and enjoyed the Nolan film since its release. George Wagner, a 96-year-old British WWII vet, told People magazine last week that the film was “very good” and “really realistic.”
 
“When I saw the film, I was brought back,” Wagner said.
 
Some veterans have noted, however, that the film was actually “louder” than the actual event. 
 
Actor Kenneth Branagh, who stars in the movie, said that about 30 veterans ― all of them in their mid-90s ― attended the U.K. premiere of the film. Speaking to late-night host Stephen Colbert, Branagh said the veterans praised the movie as being “exhilarating” and true-to-life, but said the film “was louder than the [real] battle.”
 
“The noise of the bombs at Dunkirk did fall away in the air — it’s a massive, massive stretch of beach,” Branagh said. “But trapped in Chris Nolan’s amazing vision of this conflict, you can’t get away from the sound of the bombs.”

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Your First Look At Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel Is Here And It’s Awesome


Marvel shared a first look at Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, getting us even more excited to see the actress in action as the superhero. 
 
Larson also shared a few images of the concept art on her Instagram account over the weekend, telling her followers, “Cool stuff is coming out of Hall H as we speak.” 
 
Right off the bat, it’s clear Larson’s Captain Marvel ensemble isn’t your typical female superhero getup ― no super high-heeled shoes, no cleavage and no short skirt. (Not that a skirt stopped Wonder Woman from kicking serious butt.) 
 
The cinematic interpretation also bears a pretty similar resemblance to Captain Marvel’s ensemble in more recent comics (specifically Jamie McKelvie’s redesign from 2012). So, not only is it nice to see a female superhero in an outfit that actually looks fit for stopping Skrulls, it’s nice to see the studio stick to the source material, as far as appearance goes. 
 
Captain Marvel is the first female hero in the Marvel universe to headline her own film. If the success of DC’s “Wonder Woman” is any indication, though ― the movie became the highest grossing live-action film directed by a woman ― audiences are more than ready to watch another woman-led action movie. 
 
This weekend, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige also revealed the “Captain Marvel” film will be set in the 1990s. That’s before the Avengers assembled, before Thor came to Earth and before Captain America was thawed from a deep freeze, as Variety notes. 
 
The film is set to hit theaters in 2019. 

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Justin Bieber Cancels Rest Of Purpose World Tour Due To Unforeseen Circumstances


Justin Bieber is scrapping the rest of his Purpose World Tour dates.
 
The singer’s rep confirms in a statement, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts.”
 
The statement goes on to say, “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run.”
 
It continues, “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”
 
The tour kicked off March 9 in Seattle and had 15 shows left, including stadium dates in Texas, Colorado and New Jersey, and a handful of international stops in Japan, Singapore and the Philippines.

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Dunkirk And Girls Trip Enjoyed Quite A Ride At The Box Office This Weekend


For the first time since summer blockbuster season began in May, not a single franchise installment or well-trod adaptation opened this weekend. In fact, the two highest-grossing movies are stories that have never graced the big screen before ― a rarity during the bigger-is-better dog days. 
 
“Dunkirk” handily won the No. 1 spot. Christopher Nolan’s stunning World War II survival drama outpaced studio expectations, earning $50.5 million in North America and $55.4 million overseas. Further confirming that Nolan is one of the few directors who can attract audiences on name alone, those are especially strong numbers for a film with an unknown lead star (newcomer Fionn Whitehead) that’s not based on an existing property. “Dunkirk” has been deemed an early Oscar contender and a victory for Warner Bros. that showcases its ability to market original, adult-driven dramas.
 
“Dunkirk” grossed slightly more than Nolan’s previous outing, 2014′s “Interstellar,” though of course it couldn’t match the success of “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” (One lingering mystery: Did pop sensation Harry Styles’ appearance drive added business? We’ll never know.)
 
The weekend’s next winner, “Girls Trip,” also performed above expectations, debuting to $30.4 million domestically. Coasting on glowing reviews that have eluded recent studio comedies like “The House,” “Baywatch” and “Snatched,” this R-rated gem is one of the few movies to premiere in the Top 2 this year that’s not based on historical events, pre-existing characters or any source material. Its stars ― Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall and Queen Latifah ― made ample media appearances last week, stoking positive word-of-mouth and setting “Girls Trip” apart from the similar “Rough Night,” which fizzled at the box office last month.
 
While “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” thrived, the other major new release, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” faltered. The sci-fi adventure based on French comic-book series “Valérian and Laureline” mustered a disappointing $17 million. Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, “Valerian” was the weekend’s costliest movie. It will struggle to recoup its massive $180 million budget. 
 
Holdovers “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” outgrossed “Valerian,” which stumbled into fifth place overall. 
 
Rounding out the Top 10 were “Despicable Me 3,” “Baby Driver,” “The Big Sick,” “Wonder Woman” and “Wish Upon.” 
 
“Wonder Woman” has now seized the crown as 2017′s highest-grossing summer blockbuster, a title previously held by “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.″
 
In limited release, the Sundance dramedy “Landline,” which reunites Jenny Slate and “Obvious Child” director Gillian Robespierre, grossed a modest $52,336.

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Game of Thrones Opening Credits May Have Revealed Secret Twist About The White Walkers


Following the “Game of Thrones” premiere, a few details have come to light that seem to foreshadow dark things ahead; the latest one, however, is an actual “Game” changer.
 
For the longest time, the worst kept secret in “Game of Thrones” ― other than our boy Jon Snow coming back to life—seemed to be that the Wall was coming down. The show appeared to constantly give heavy hints.
 
In Season 6 when Snow (Kit Harington) left the Night’s Watch, he told Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton), “Don’t knock it down while I’m gone.” And in the Season 7 premiere, an archmaester (Jim Broadbent) lectured Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) on how, despite all kinds of horror, the Wall has stood through it all.
 
All of this seems to point to one thing: That Wall is gonna fall.
 
Unless ... it doesn’t.
 
Redditor RohitMSasi recently noticed a detail in the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere’s opening credits that changes things. The sea appears to be frozen.
 
Uh, what?
 
The moment doesn’t appear in the opening for the Season 6 finale, just in the Season 7 premiere.
 
It may hint that the Wall isn’t going to fall after all. The White Walkers are going to walk around it. That’s what people are theorizing, anyway.
 
Buzzfeed and Uproxx point out that the Season 7 premiere offers the idea even more support.
 
During the episode, there’s a scene where The Hound (Rory McCann) looks in a fire and has a vision.
 
He says, “It’s where the Wall meets the sea. There’s a castle there. There’s a mountain, looks like an arrowhead. The dead are marching past. Thousands of them.”
 
Who needs to knock down a Wall when you can just walk around it? The plan seems much more convenient, overall. Nice going, Night’s King. 
 
There’s just one problem: The Wall is definitely gonna fall. There’s been too much foreshadowing. 
 
In an interview with HuffPost, Samwell himself (Bradley), told us there’s “no wasted line on ‘Game of Thrones.’” 
 
When asked about the possible foreshadowing in Episode 1, when the archmaester talks about the Wall never falling, Bradley said, “Maybe that will come into play, nobody knows, but if the Wall comes down, that’s the last thing keeping [what’s] beyond the wall at bay, so if the Wall was to come down, that would kind of be the end game for everybody and dire circumstances. I hope that people are worried about that.”
 
In the same interview, Bradley told us, “If you think you saw something, you probably did see something.” But he added, “It may not be what you thought you saw.”
 
So you do have to consider that the sea isn’t actually frozen in the opening credits.
 
Redditor RohitMSasi, who noticed the detail, told HuffPost, “In the end, it just might be snow and clouds because you know, ‘winter is here!’”
 
 
We’ll see what happens. Signs do point to the Wall still coming down, but they don’t call them White “Walkers” for nothing.
 
And if you’re going all the way around the Wall, you better like walking.

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Chris Hemsworth Assembles His Own Superteam in 'Thor: Ragnarok' Trailer


“Puny god,” growled Hulk to Loki in Marvel Studios’ first all-star team-up, The Avengers, back in 2012. Flash-forward five years, and Asgard’s resident trickster (Tom Hiddleston) still kind of fits that description, but the green giant’s vocabulary less puny than before. In the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok that just debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con as part of Marvel’s star-packed panel, the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) more than holds his own in a debate with the dethroned and defeated thunder god (Chris Hemsworth). Reacting to Thor’s suggestion that they’re both the same hotheads at heart, Hulk remarks, “Hulk like fire, Thor like water.” And when his friend from work counters by insisting they both have a fiery side, Hulk throws down this bit of wisdom, “Hulk like raging fire, Thor like smoldering fire.” Sorry, Thor: Hulk just defeated you in one-on-one verbal combat.
 
As Ruffalo noted to the SDCC crowd, the Hulk we meet in Ragnarok, which opens in theaters on Nov. 3, has gone through some big changes since we last saw him rocketing away from Earth in Avengers: Age of Ultron. “It’s a little different Hulk than we’ve seen,” he remarked, specifically mentioning that he hasn’t reverted to his human form as Bruce Banner in two years. “He’s a little perma-Hulked. Because he has been the Hulk for two years now, he has the vocabulary of a 2-year-old. We may have a speaking hulk in a movie where everyone might die!”
 
He may talk like a toddler, but the Hulk still packs an adult-sized punch, which will come in handy for Thor’s primary mission in Ragnarok: reclaiming Asgard from its new conquerer Hela, the Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett). Doing that will require Odin’s son to assemble an Asgardian version of The Avengers that includes himself and Hulk, as well as Loki and newcomer Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who begins the movie as a business partner of Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster, the ruler of the planet Sakaar and a big fan of gladiatorial combat. Not for nothing, but he’s also the sibling of Benicio Del Toro‘s Collector, previously introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. “We’re the oldest living creatures in the universe,” Goldblum explained at the Marvel panel. But as the Hulk himself demonstrates, puny Grandmaster, being older doesn’t necessarily make you wiser. Or more articulate.
 

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T.J. Miller Slams ‘Silicon Valley’ Cast For Not Doing Enough To Stop Trump


T.J. Miller shocked comedy fans earlier this year when he announced that he’d be leaving HBO’s tech sitcom “Silicon Valley” for good. His character, obnoxious startup investor Erlich Bachman, quickly became an audience and critical darling after the show’s premiere in 2014. In an interview with HuffPost this week, Miller spoke frankly about how the current political climate influenced his decision to leave the show ― and blasted his former castmates for not doing enough to prevent President Donald Trump’s election.
 
After announcing that he did not plan to return to the show, Miller raised eyebrows with an interview in The Hollywood Reporter last month in which he questioned the intelligence of Alec Berg, one of the showrunners, and hinted at a strained relationship with star Thomas Middleditch, who plays startup CEO Richard Hendricks. In his interview with HuffPost, pegged to his newest project, the animated children’s film “The Emoji Movie,” he shed new light on his frustrations with “Silicon Valley.”
 
HuffPost spoke briefly with Miller about “The Emoji Movie” in May. This time, as the interview began, Miller asked for everyone else to leave the room, including the publicity team. He turned the conversation to the current political landscape and the obligation he believes Hollywood has to oppose the current administration.
 
It seems the cast of “Silicon Valley,” in Miller’s estimation, failed to live up to this obligation. Just before the 2016 presidential election, he told HuffPost, he spoke with the show’s cast about the campaign. “I asked, ‘How much money did you donate, you Hollywood elites, how much did you donate to Hillary Clinton’s campaign?’ And everybody in the cast said nothing. They hadn’t given a dollar,” he said. “What did they think was going to happen? How had they not joined a fight that they had such strong opinions about?” He noted that despite “not even really being a fan of hers,” he donated the maximum amount permitted to her campaign.
 
Miller didn’t name any specific cast members who were present for this conversation. Middleditch and Amanda Crew (VC executive Monica Hall) are Canadian, though both currently live in California. FEC law prohibits foreign nationals from making any political contributions; however, there is an exception for immigrants with green cards. We confirmed that Miller did indeed donate the max, and according to the Center for Responsive Politics, cast members including Middleditch, Crew, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods were not listed as donors. Representatives for those actors did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
 
The decision to leave “Silicon Valley,” Miller suggested, freed him up to resist President Trump in other ways.  “My position [to oppose the Trump administration] became more powerful when I left ‘Silicon Valley,’” he said. “I had more control over the content, the time, the schedule, the everything.” Even “The Emoji Movie,” he argued, was a meaningful step toward encouraging younger audiences to “understand and adopt progressive values.”
 
HuffPost also talked to Miller about whether children deserve to laugh, what he took away from voicing the “meh” emoji, and how he takes on politics in his comedy. Read the full interview:
 
So are you a HuffPost fan, or the opposite?
 
Well, I mean, it’s just the two of us. I certainly recognize the power. How long have you worked here?
 
Six years.
 
You know you guys sort of fractured media. Are you aware of that?
 
Yeah, it’s a great responsibility I feel every day.
 
Yeah, I’m sure. Where do you live, Brooklyn?
 
Mhm. Like most of us. So why did you want to do “The Emoji Movie”?
 
Why not? How rare is it that we get an opportunity to do an original property, right? Those are the projects that I’m drawn to. “Office Christmas Party,” “She’s Out of My League.” I do stuff that is sourced, like “Ready Player One” and “Transformers 4″ and stuff like that, but I think this was an opportunity to do something that is new, and they described to me ... and also, sort of, as a joke. I think it’s very funny to be in a movie called “The Emoji Movie.”
 
It is.
 
And it’s interesting to have this element of haters, like “Ghostbusters,” but to have a movie that is not a reboot, it’s something completely different. And, people go into it with this sort of strange, low-standards mentality. And then when it’s a great movie, they go ... whoa, OK, I guess.
 
And it was an opportunity to satirize this “meh” hipster mentality of like, “I’m cynical, whatever, like, yeah, I saw it, it was like, whateverrr, it was OK, I guess.” And that is passé. That’s why I do “Gorburger,” that’s why I work with DreamWorks. That’s over ― the cynicism, the irony, the “what if I was really actually trying to make a great scene in a movie.” That’s done. That has been for a while. So this was an opportunity to do something optimistic, positivistic and you know, we have very few weapons in the current administration, and one of them is to target a younger demographic and try and help them understand and adopt progressive values. 
 
So the movie has a lot to say to women, and how they have limitless potential, and one of the characters literally breaks through a glass ceiling. And you’ve got a guy who wants to be what everybody wants him to be, but his malfunction is that he expresses himself and is ― we’re trying to say that the best you is not the you that you’re doing for everyone else, but the authentic you. And don’t hide that, be OK with expressing it. 
 
And there’s themes of ― I found it very interesting that High-Five cares about fandom and followers more than friendship. And Gene ― I play a lot of characters who don’t have any friends (typecasting!) ― Gene doesn’t have any friends. So to have one friend would be much more important than having 1,100 Instagram followers. The boy in real life was sort of telling kids, “Yes, use emojis, text, be in your smartphones, but also maybe take a break and actually talk to somebody and actually have that interaction.” So there’s a million things we’re trying to tell the audience, and I wanted to fuck with that. I’m not interested in sort of playing the same character over and over and over again. Satire is important, but so is children’s cinema.
 
Yeah!
 
Although, and I want to make this clear, especially because you’re the HuffPost, children don’t deserve to laugh as much as adults because they’re not aware of their own mortality. But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be compelled to laugh. [He takes an enormous bite of pizza.]
 
Right. So do you think that kids do laugh less, or just that they should laugh less?
 
I just don’t think they deserve ― they’re still in a fantasy land.
 
They haven’t earned it yet?
 
They don’t need it as much. It’s like, you know, they shouldn’t be able to drink. They don’t need to. Adults do.
 
I like your necklace. Very cool.
 
Thank you. Do you feel differently about using emojis now that you’ve played one?
 
Mmm, finally the HuffPost asks a question that has been asked many times before.
 
It’s what we do!
 
Yes. There’s no Jailbreak emoji, but I hear Anna [Faris]’s voice. My wife Kate [Gorney] plays Heart Eyes in the film. When she sends me that, I immediately think of her personality and her line in the film.
 
I keep trying to sign off, be like, “Hey, what do you think about this,” “Thank you for doing this,” and I want to sign off as the “meh” emoji, and it just negates everything. So if I’m like, “Great seeing you. Can’t wait to visit the family again. Hope to get to Denver as soon as possible. See you soon ... Meh.” It doesn’t work. It’s just an emoji that’s like, “Meh, I’m kidding about everything. I can’t stand the idea of ...” So yeah it’s changed my relationship with emojis to be sure.
 
Have you guys worked with the people who make the emojis to maybe make an emoji like Gene makes at the end of the film?
 
Well, we have this nod at the end of the film to this idea that emojis and GIFs are close, so a moving, changing emoji would be a good GIF, I guess. But the next film, if we were to do another one, is about an update, and more interaction with the bitmoji. Tony [Leondis] and Michelle [Raimo Kouyate] have a relationship with all these apps that are in the ... and I have a relationship with Silicon Valley because of “Silicon Valley,” and Colleen Kelly Henry is one of my best friends, and she’s one of the main hackers and Facebook people. It’s definitely made me consider my phone more, you know? Just think about it in a different way. Because Tony came to us with an idea that was so three-dimensional. And it is in 3D and real 3D, so it’s in a fake 3D, and it’s also in real 3D. And it is really a dynamic film. I liked it a lot. I like it.
 
Were you surprised ―
 
Do you feel a responsibility, under the current administration to talk more about politics?
 
Do you?
 
Only when I read the Huffington Post and see the paucity of coverage. 
 
Well, I’m on the Entertainment team, so I don’t get to do a whole lot of it.
 
Do you talk about entertainment in the context of the administration?
 
Absolutely. I was going to ask you whether you feel an obligation to take that on in your comedy. I just watched your HBO special and it didn’t come up, and I think it’s something that comedians have been approaching in different ways.
 
Well, I filmed that HBO special before this was even a possibility, right? We’re in a very bad position. Roy Wood Jr. had a very articulate interview with Washington Post where he discussed the idea of it being impossible to not be looking towards the administration. [Editor’s note: We could not track down such an interview with WaPo, but Wood did discuss addressing politics in comedy in Paste this July.]
 
I’m not a political comedian. I had a social mission that now has a political obstacle. The social mission was to help people start to release their death anxiety and understand that in a post-religious, post-meaning society, it’s OK. Death is not something to be feared. Life is this really exciting, interesting experience. Pets are friend slaves. We need to understand ― all this. I had all these mission statements within a sociological imperative. Now, I have this political obstacle that we need to discuss, in part because the progressives, who far outnumber the regressives in this country, voted against him. They hate him, they can’t stand him. They, in part, need not to hear ― I went to Ireland, they didn’t want to hear about how bad it is here. They wanted someone to talk about how they sympathize with the powerlessness, the futility that everybody is feeling right now. So, in these beginning stages, because unfortunately we’re only in the beginning stages, it’s important for me to tell people that they are not alone in their fear, in their actual understanding of what’s happening. So I’ve quickly learned that is the first step. 
 
And then I’ve also learned that I need to continue doing what I’ve been doing, which is to provide an opiate. Something that people see, laugh at, are lifted out of any sort of reality, and just depart ― have a quick vacation that is very healthy for you. And then they can return to their uncle who has cancer, and this is the problem with the environment, and all of that stuff. That will all remain present for everyone. So it’s very complicated. It’s a very very difficult situation. 
 
They have also turned their artillery on media, and Hollywood specifically. That is incredibly dangerous. Even you guys, who have this sort of street credit that the bigger publications don’t have, you’re under attack. They understand that we are the weapon that can possibly change the course of history. If we do not act accordingly, and also respond to these direct threats of freedom of speech from the White House, we are seriously fucked. So everyone is taking every single angle. You are in a very powerful position.
 
My position became more powerful when I left “Silicon Valley.” I had more control over the content, the time, the schedule, the everything. There was more time to put into standup. People forget we are running up against something that could destroy the human species, and that doesn’t have anything to do with MY opinion. That is Noam Chomsky’s opinion. If you guys don’t put everything into it, if Vanity Fair doesn’t put everything into it, if everybody doesn’t pitch in ... 
 
I’ll tell you this, and then we have to go. I asked the cast of “Silicon Valley” ― K, here’s an exclusive ― right before the election, “How much did you donate to Hillary Clinton’s campaign?” Hillary Clinton, a candidate that I don’t care for, wasn’t really supportive of and believe wasn’t qualified as much as other people to be president. I asked, “How much money did you donate, you Hollywood elites? How much did you donate to Hillary Clinton’s campaign?” And everybody in the cast said nothing. They hadn’t given a dollar. What did they think was going to happen? How had they not joined a fight that they had such strong opinions about? Meanwhile, I gave the maximum contribution to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, not even really being a fan of hers, and further, paying money to pay more taxes. And we lost. So now we have to win. And you’re one of the few outlets that really has power, because people look towards you. Even more than Vanity Fair. Take that seriously.

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Ben Affleck Steps Out With Lindsay Shookus After Dropping out of Film to Focus on Family


Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus sure love their coffee!
 
Not shielding away from the paparazzi's lenses, the new couple grabbed a cup of joe in New York City on Wednesday.
 
The 44-year-old actor was casually dressed in jeans, sneakers, a light yellow Parc National Des Virunga tee and dark aviators. Meanwhile, the Saturday Night Live producer wore a blue printed dress with a cutout and white sneakers. Both looked somber as they sipped on their Starbucks iced coffees.
 
A day before, it was announced that Affleck was dropping out of the Netflix film, Triple Frontier, to focus on "his wellness and family." The Batman star has yet to address the departure, but seems to be spending more time with his new lady.
 
The new pair have been spotted on a handful of dates together, including another coffee run and dinner date in California. A source close to Affleck told ET that, "It is early on in the relationship but they are very happy together." Another source added, "Ben and Lindsay's relationship is new and they are taking it slow."

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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington dead at 41


Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has died, ABC News has confirmed. The musician was found dead in his Los Angeles home Thursday morning and his death is being investigated as a suicide; he was found hanging. He was 41.
 
LP's Mike Shinoda tweeted, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."
 
Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999. A year later, the band released their debut album Hybrid Theory, which became a massive commercial success, and helped launch the rap-metal scene of the early 2000s. Hybrid Theory has since been certified diamond for 10 million copies sold.
 
In 2004, Linkin Park recorded a collaborative EP with rapper JAY-Z, which spawned the hit mash-up "Numb/Encore."
 
After Hybrid Theory and its follow-up, 2003's Meteora, Linkin Park began to move away from their initial rap-rock sound. Their seventh and most recent album, One More Light, which was released this past May, took a more pop-oriented approach. The band is scheduled to kick off a tour in support of the album on July 27 in Boston.
 
In between his work with Linkin Park, Bennington also fronted Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015.
 
Bennington had struggled with drug addiction throughout his life. He appeared very affected by the death of Chris Cornell, who committed suicide by hanging in May. Thursday, perhaps not coincidentally, would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
 
At Cornell's funeral service, Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." The night of Cornell's death, Linkin Park performed the One More Light title track in honor of the late Soundgarden frontman.
 
In May, Linkin Park performed on a New York City subway for an Good Morning America segment on ABC. They were scheduled to play GMA's concert series in Central Park on August 4.
 
Bennington is survived by his wife, and six children.

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Madonna Blocks ‘Grossly Offensive’ Auction Of Underwear, Tupac Letter


For weeks, Madonna’s personal effects, including a lover letter to rapper Tupac Shakur, have made the internet rounds ahead of an auction expected to net hundreds of thousands of dollars. 
 
Before any fans could get their hands on the 22 items relating to the singer, however, Madonna has halted the auction with an emergency court order, the Associated Press reports. 
 
Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz has ordered the memorabilia site Gotta Have Rock and Roll to pull the items in question, ranging from previously worn underwear to a hairbrush with the singer’s hair and private photos. 
 
Madonna was reportedly “shocked to learn” about the online auction, believing the Shakur letter, which was expected to sell for up to $400,000, was still in her possession. 
 
“The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items,” Madonna said in court papers obtained by the AP. “I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public.”
 
According to court papers, Darlene Lutz, described as a “frequent overnight guest” at Madonna’s home, is behind the auction. Lutz’s legal team is claiming that the items belong to her and plan to take Madonna to court over the auction. 
 
“Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property,” a spokesman for the auction house told Page Six. “Madonna’s allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course. We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back.”

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Abby Lee Miller Tearfully Admits She 'Probably Won't Survive' Prison in New Tell-All Interview


Are prison pre-games a thing now? According to Abby Lee Miller, they are! The former Dance Moms star exclusively revealed to Life & Style that she threw a party before heading to prison to serve her 366-day sentence.
 
“I have friends coming in from out of town, so we’re going to party," she told Life & Style. “I’m looking forward to concentrating on me a little bit."
 
While partying before getting locked up may seem unconventional to some, it seems to have helped clear Abby's mind before her incarceration. She also mentioned that she spoke and consulted with prison experts for advice and is ultimately feeling optimistic about her future.
 
"I wanted to stay busy these last few days,” she said. "Mentally, I’m OK because I’m busy." She added that she's “swimming, swimming, swimming — being outdoors." It's a good thing the 50-year-old is trying to stay positive, because apparently, she's already made some enemies behind bars.
 
“From what I am hearing, Abby is bat s--t beside herself,” a source revealed. “When she came in, the [Bureau of Prisons] turned the email and phones off until 7 p.m. and that made all of the other women very, very angry! They could not call or communicate with their loved ones and were flipping out. Although it wasn't Abby's fault, she is already making some serious enemies on the inside."
 
Before starting her sentence, the choreographer said, "I think if I didn't have a sense of humor and I couldn't crack some jokes now and then I would have already gone insane." We hope she still feels the same way!

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Lawmakers Send Well Wishes To John McCain Following Brain Tumor Announcement


Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for his independent streak over more than three decades representing Arizona in the Senate, has brain cancer, his office disclosed Wednesday night in a statement from the Mayo Clinic.
 
Mr. McCain, 80, has a glioblastoma, one of the most common but also one of the most malignant brain tumors. It can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but medical experts said it almost always grows back.
 
Mr. McCain’s office said he was recuperating at his home in Arizona and “appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days.”
 
His office said Mr. McCain would decide when to return to the Senate as he consults with his medical advisers.
 
Medical experts said the type of tumor Mr. McCain has is particularly aggressive. The median survival of a glioblastoma is about 16 months, said Eugene S. Flamm, chairman of neurosurgery at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009 from the same kind of aggressive brain tumor.
 
Mr. McCain learned of the tumor after undergoing surgery late last week at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
 
Mr. McCain, the son of a prominent family dedicated to military service, has been in American life since the 1960s. He was the public face of the mistreatment of American prisoners at the North Vietnamese camp known as the Hanoi Hilton, where as a Navy pilot he was confined and tortured for over five years. Decades later, he was the happy-go-lucky captain of the Straight Talk Express, the campaign bus where he cultivated his image as a candid political maverick in his failed 2000 presidential run. He was elected to a sixth Senate term this past November.
 
Four presidents — Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and the elder George Bush — issued heartfelt statements wishing Mr. McCain a speedy recovery late Wednesday.
 
“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” Mr. Trump said.
 
Mr. Obama, who defeated Mr. McCain in the 2008 election, called the senator a “hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known.”
 
“Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against,” Mr. Obama tweeted. “Give it hell, John.”
 
The diagnosis shook the Senate, where Mr. McCain is a popular figure despite his occasionally heated disputes with colleagues in both parties. His illness had implications this week for the health care debate, causing Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, to postpone a floor fight until Mr. McCain returned to Washington.
 
On Wednesday night, about a dozen lawmakers gathered in the Dirksen Senate Office Building to explore a health care compromise asked Senator James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican who is a Baptist minister, to lead them in prayer for their colleague.
 
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“It was very emotional,” said Senator John Hoeven, Republican of North Dakota, who was present. He said finding a solution to the health care impasse was “more challenging without him.”
 
Mr. McConnell called Mr. McCain a hero to both Senate Republicans and the nation at large.
 
“He has never shied from a fight, and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life,” Mr. McConnell said Wednesday night. “We all look forward to seeing this American hero again soon.”
 
Mr. McCain endured grueling rehabilitation from his time in the prison camp but later led the effort to reconcile with Hanoi in a striking gesture of forgiveness. After quickly becoming prominent as a House member in his first election in 1982, Mr. McCain won the Senate seat given up by the Arizona icon Barry Goldwater in 1986. He became a fixture in the Senate, where he denounced the corrosive effects of big money in political campaigns and was a central player in congressional debates on military policy, immigration and health care.
 
Wednesday’s disclosure suggested that Mr. McCain’s condition was more serious than initially believed, although the statement said that “he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well,’” according to his doctors, “and his underlying health is excellent.”
 
As the Republican health care bill teetered in recent days, Mr. Trump referred affectionately to Mr. McCain as a “crusty voice” in the capital. But their relationship has been fraught.
 
In July 2015, during the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump denigrated Mr. McCain’s military record, saying he was considered a war hero only because he was captured. “I like people who weren’t captured,” Mr. Trump said in a comment that many suggested had gone too far. Mr. McCain, who at the time was facing conservative opposition in his re-election bid, remained a supporter of Mr. Trump throughout the campaign.
 
However, Mr. McCain has pressed for a deep investigation into any interference into the presidential campaign by Russia, which he considers an adversary. On Tuesday, and despite his condition, Mr. McCain issued a statement warning about Russian intrusion in Ukraine and calling for new sanctions against Moscow.
 
Mr. McCain faced an uphill battle in 2008 given public discontentment with the United States-led war in Iraq and overall fatigue with the administration of George W. Bush. Mr. McCain picked Sarah Palin, then the governor of Alaska, as his vice-presidential running mate in an effort to reinvigorate a flagging campaign with a woman on the ticket.
 
A crucial moment in the race occurred in late September 2008 when he suddenly suspended his campaign and returned to Washington for an economic summit meeting at the White House that was also attended by Mr. Obama, then a Democratic senator from Illinois. Mr. McCain’s 11th-hour effort to focus on the economy was generally considered a lost opportunity, and the financial collapse helped propel Mr. Obama to the presidency.
 
Mr. McCain currently leads the Senate Armed Services Committee and is a top proponent of using military force overseas. The Senate is preparing to take up the annual Pentagon policy measure produced by the committee.
 
In Congress, he is probably best known for his efforts to champion changes in campaign finance laws over the fierce objections of some of his Republican colleagues, particularly Mr. McConnell.
 
The standard of care includes surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, and then radiation and chemotherapy. In the past, radiation sometimes diminished patients’ brain function, but techniques have improved so that more healthy brain tissue is spared and patients fare better, said Dr. Mitchel S. Berger, a neurosurgeon and glioblastoma expert at the University of California, San Francisco.
 
Jeff Flake, the junior Republican senator from Arizona, acknowledged the seriousness of Mr. McCain’s diagnosis in a still-hopeful Twitter post. “Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man,” Mr. Flake wrote.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Defends Ed Sheeran From Internet Haters


Superstar musician Ed Sheeran has taken internet abuse for a cameo on “Game Of Thrones” Sunday night, but the director the Season 7 series premiere has come to his defense. 
 
Sheeran is seen singing lyrics like, “Hands of gold are always cold, but a woman’s hands are warm” in a brief scene with Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, when she reveals she’s planning to kill Queen Cersei.
 
Sheeran’s performance inspired snarky comments from some viewers. One said she was disappointed Sheeran wasn’t “brutally disembowled.”
 
Jeremy Podeswa, who directed Sheeran in the episode, was kinder. Much, much kinder.
 
“I think Ed did a lovely job ― he’s a lovely actor and a lovely person,” Podeswa told Newsweek on Tuesday, adding that Sheeran brought intangibles to the role.
 
“He was appropriate for the part because he needed to sing. If people didn’t know who Ed was, they wouldn’t have thought about it twice,” Podeswa said. “The hoo-ha seems to be from things that are outside of the world of the show. In the world of the show he did a lovely job, and he looks like he belongs in that world.”
 
Sheeran temporarily closed his Twitter account on Monday, causing the rumor mill to speculate he was trying to avoid more negative tweets.
 
Podeswa said he hopes Sheeran wasn’t upset by internet haters.
 
“The only thing I don’t feel great about is that Ed is such a lovely guy and really genuine and down to earth,” Podeswa said. “He came into this with only lovely intentions to come and do a good job and sing well. So I think that’s the only drag.” 

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s Adorable Kids Attend a Diving Competition


Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are excellent at keeping their private life, well, private. Since welcoming daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October 2014 and son Dimitri Portwood in November of last year, they’ve told many a hilarious story about their home life, but we've rarely gotten a glimpse of the adorable kiddos out in public.
 
The young (and sports-obsessed) family is currently in Budapest, Hungary, where they brought their kids into the stands to watch the diving competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships. Little Wyatt sat on her dad’s lap in a pair of pink headphones, while Dimitri sat with Mom while looking very engaged in what was happening down in the pool.
 
While this was a rare outing for the kids at a public event, we’ve heard plenty about them from dad Kutcher. Earlier this year, the father of two revealed that they were prepared to name their son “Walt,” until Kunis’s intuition kicked in. “I think Donald Trump is going to become the president and I think our baby’s name is Dimitri,” she told her husband and was right on both accounts.
 
Kutcher has also shared that 2-year-old Wyatt thinks her little brother is her own baby. “She loves this baby, maybe more than me. It’s like borderline,” he joked to Ellen DeGeneres. “At some point I’m going to have to explain to her that he’s not really her baby, and I don’t know how I’m going to do that.”
 

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Over 20 Members Of Congress Ask The FBI To Review Ivanka Trump’s Security Clearance


WASHINGTON — Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., has some questions about President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.
 
Beyer put together a group of over 20 Democratic members of the House of Representatives who sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Wednesday asking him to “conduct a review of a potentially serious issue involving First Daughter and Assistant to the President, Ivanka Trump.” The group wants to know if Ivanka properly filled out Standard Form 86 (SF-86), which is the security clearance required for federal officials.
 
Their questions stem from recent revelations involving Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, who is also a top White House adviser, and her brother, Donald Trump Jr. The SF-86 asks whether “you or any member of your immediate family” has had “any contact” with a “foreign government, its establishment … or its representatives” in the past seven years. Kushner has updated his security clearance forms three times to add over 100 foreign contacts, including a meeting he attended with Donald Trump Jr. during last year’s presidential election, where they spoke with a Russian lawyer who offered them damaging information on President Trump’s opponent on behalf of the Russian government. Beyer said the news raised questions about whether Ivanka has also updated her forms and whether she included all of her family’s foreign contacts.
 
Beyer discussed the issue in an interview with Yahoo News that will air in full on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel on Wednesday at 2 p.m. You can read the letter in full here.
 
“We’re simply writing the acting head of the FBI … to say, ‘Did Ivanka Trump fail to disclose many of her meetings?’ And under the law … she’s also responsible to disclose the foreign contacts of her spouse and her siblings. So, did she make an effort to disclose the things that Jared Kushner had done or Donald Trump Jr?” Beyer explained.
 
The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this story. Knowingly falsifying or concealing information on the SF-86 can result in penalties including up to five years imprisonment.
 
“We’re really just asking [Acting FBI Director McCabe] to conduct a review of this serious issue involving the first daughter and assistant to the president, Ivanka. You know, maybe, I think this is unlikely, but maybe there was no problem,” Beyer said. “If … they come back and say, ‘No. Everything was fine.’ OK fine. But we don’t have access to this information, the FBI does.”
 
Beyer said he realized there may be issues with Ivanka’s SF-86 because he remembered filling out the form when he served as the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 2009 to 2013.
 
“I had to talk to my wife, my brothers and sisters — I’m one of six — my dad just to make sure that any foreign government contacts they had were reflected on my SF-86,” said Beyer.
 
The SF-86 forms, which can contain sensitive information, are not made public.
 
“If there was a violation of the public trust, if they broke U.S. law, at the very least the security clearance should be revoked,” Beyer said of Ivanka and Kushner.
 
Security clearance investigations for top White House officials are conducted by the FBI, which presents its findings to White House staff for a final decision. The president has the authority to reverse a White House staff decision on security clearance.
 
“One of the things we’ve tried to track down as well is who can revoke Jared and Ivanka’s security clearance,” said Beyer. “Near as we can tell, the only person that can do it is the president, their father or father-in-law.”
 
While the concerns over Ivanka’s security clearance forms have garnered relatively little attention, Kushner’s clearance has generated extensive discussion since the revelation of his meeting with Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer. Kushner was granted an interim security clearance after he joined the White House with the final clearance pending review. Since last week, Kushner’s White House spokesman has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Yahoo News asking whether he still maintains his interim security clearance.
 
At the White House press briefing on July 10, Yahoo News asked deputy principal press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether the fact that so many foreign contacts were missing from Kushner’s initial forms raised questions about his “competence or honesty.” Sanders responded by saying his initial SF-86 was “just an incomplete form.”
 
“All of his foreign contacts were listed in the updated version, not in the original,” Sanders said of Kushner.
 
Beyer said this defense of Kushner’s omitted contacts is “almost laughable.”
 
“You could see, oh look, there are 100 contacts and maybe you forgot seven of them, or 12 of them, or three of them. But if you forgot all 100 it’s a pretty big problem,” said Beyer.
 
In April when Beyer first called for Kushner’s security clearance to be revoked, just four other members of Congress signed onto his letter. He argued the fact that his latest letter has so many other co-signers is evidence of “gathering concern” following the revelations about Trump Jr. and Kushner’s meeting.
 
Beyer approached Republicans to sign his letter about Ivanka’s security clearance, but none of them took him up on the invitation.
 
“The Republicans here are, in general, very reluctant to cross the president,” said Beyer. “The president’s approval rating may only be 36 percent, but that 36 percent are the ones who vote in Republican primaries.”
 
Beyer claimed it’s a “completely different” story behind the scenes.
 
“Off the House floor, in a corner, they will almost to the person tell you that they are embarrassed, and aghast, and worried about their own political future,” Beyer said of Republican members of Congress. “You know, you don’t see them traipsing over to the White House every day for celebratory meetings. They’re really worried.”

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'Walking Dead' Season 8 Reportedly Resumes Filming After On-Set Death


Following an on-set tragedy that resulted in the death of a stuntman, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has reportedly resumed filming Season 8.
 
The news comes just three days after it was confirmed that stuntman John Bernecker died while performing a stunt on the acclaimed drama. At the time, AMC released a statement saying it was saddened by the news and that production on Season 8 of the show was “temporarily shut down.”
 
On Sunday evening, actress Pollyanna Mclntosh, who plays Jadis on the show, posted a note on Instagram about Bernecker in which she said that she would be returning to work the following day. If the note from the actress is true, it seems that “The Walking Dead” has officially resumed filming on Season 8 following the tragic loss.
 
“As I prepare to work again tomorrow I’m again thinking of John’s friends and family and of John,” Mclintosh wrote. “My heart goes out to you all and to the rest of your set family and families who’ve known John and his art.”
 
Mclintosh isn’t the first star to comment on the loss of Bernecker. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus and Lauren Cohan are just a few of the cast members that expressed their condolences to John and his family on social media.

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R. Kelly Allegedly Keeping Young Women In Sex ‘Cult,’ Parents Claim


UPDATE: A representative for R. Kelly is denying the allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct made against the singer in the bombshell report published by BuzzFeed News on Monday. 
 
“Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” a representative told TMZ in a statement. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
 
PREVIOUSLY:  R. Kelly is reportedly holding multiple women against their will in an abusive sex “cult,” according to a disturbing BuzzFeed News report. 
 
Concerned parents who haven’t seen their daughters in more than a year, as well as former members of the “Trapped in the Closet” singer’s entourage, told BuzzFeed that Kelly keeps a group of young women at his homes in Atlanta and Chicago where he “controls every aspect of their lives.”
 
The R&B legend reportedly invites women into his circle under the pretense of developing their music careers, but instead begins a sexual relationship that requires them to call him “daddy” and ask his permission to leave assigned rooms. 
 
The 50-year-old allegedly films his sexual encounters with these women, all of whom are of legal consenting age in the report, which he shares with a group of friends. 
 
“You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom,” the singer’s former personal assistant from 2013 to 2014, Cheryl Mack, said. ”[Kelly] is a master at mind control. ... He is a puppet master.”
 
If any of the women break Kelly’s rules, he reportedly punishes them “physically and verbally,” according to accounts from Mack and another former member of Kelly’s “inner circle,” Kitti Jones.
 
Communication between the women and the outside world is reportedly heavily monitored, despite family members’ repeated attempts to intervene. According to a source, each woman under Kelly’s control is outfitted with a cell phone that is only used to communicate with him. 
 
One of the women in question, a singer from Georgia, was contacted by the police at her parents request for a “well-being check.” She reportedly told the officers that she was “fine and did not want to be bothered.”
 
Since 2000, Kelly has been at the center of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors, with dozens of women claiming that the singer ruined their lives. A videotape of Kelly allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old surfaced years ago, but the singer was acquitted in 2008 on 14 charges of making child pornography.
 
In 2015, when asked by HuffPost how the allegations might impact his album sales, Kelly refused to answer and walked off the set.
 
In response to the BuzzFeed report, Kelly’s lawyer, Linda Mensch, defended the singer as “a great artist who ... takes care of all of the people in his life.”
 
“Like all of us,” she added, “Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life.”
 
HuffPost has reached out to Kelly’s representatives and will update the post accordingly. 

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Paul Haggis on Scientology Series: "You Don’t Want to Piss Off Leah Remini"


The Oscar-winning director discusses his upcoming appearance on Remini's show and the parallels he sees between Scientologists and Trump supporters.
Leah Remini didn’t always plan for a second season of her show, Scientology and the Aftermath, a deep exposé of the organization she was a part of for most of her life. But after many more people approached her with their stories, after watching the first season, she knew there was more story to tell. The upcoming season premieres this summer, with season one earning an Emmy nod for Remini, as well as A&E's biggest premiere rating in three years.
 
Season two has many surprises in store, including an interview with perhaps Hollywood's most prominent Scientology defector, Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis. He appears on the show to discuss his break from the church and the constant harassment he received after his very public split from the organization.
 
Haggis was a big fan of the first season of Remini's show. “She’s incredibly brave,” Haggis tells THR from the Ischia Global Fest. “And it’s a very personal story with her, because of course she grew up in Scientology, unlike me. But you don’t want to piss off Leah Remini. You know, you just don’t want to piss her off. And they pissed her off, and you see it.”
 
Haggis, who left the organization a few years before Remini, said that she was the only person who didn’t shun him after his departure, and even defended his position to the church.
 
“And then she finally opened her eyes too," he says. "It’s a long process. You are so inundated with what they want you to look at. I mean it’s ridiculous when you step outside and look at it, but when you are inside you believe you are the one. It’s your group and you are under attack by all these bigots around the world, these bullies, and so you stand up for them."
 
Haggis maintains that despite the renewed public level criticism of Scientology, no one in the organization is noticing. “A. they aren’t allowed, but B. it’s not like someone is controlling their television set. It’s a culture that is a very slow process of brainwashing,” he says. “No Scientologist will watch Going Clear or her show. Out of a point of pride they won’t.”
 
He does see parallels between Scientologists and Trump supporters and the constant call of “fake news,” along with Remini who has pointed out that they are both very hostile toward the media. 
 
“Of course a lot of Scientologists are Trump supporters,” he says. “It’s the same kind of strong-arm mentality. It’s very strange, but a lot of them are very much in that kind of thinking.”
 
Scientology recently came into the news again with many critics questioning the choice of casting Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale, about a made-up religious regime that oppresses women, given her involvement in the organization.
 
“Yes it’s strange isn’t it,” he says of the casting. “I don’t know Elisabeth. I met her once. But I don’t think if you asked her she’d find it ironic, because I don’t think anyone within the church views the church like that. Because you are taught to believe that it’s about free speech and free thought, etc. It’s not, but that is what you are taught. So they truly believe that they are defending freedom.”
 
Haggis is so familiar with Scientology’s tactics to speak out against opponents that he is already anticipating their response to his appearance on the upcoming show. “I’m sure they will put out a statement, again, how I’m a liar and what a terrible man I am. How I do no work in Haiti or anything else,” he says, about his ongoing work in Haiti under his nonprofit Artists for Peace and Justice. “They boast all the great work they do in Haiti and how I do it for photo-ops or something. It’s just ludicrous and you don’t have to pay any attention to it.”
 
His only hope for the show is that people watch it and form their own opinions. “I think if people just open their eyes that’s great,” he says. “I’m not on a crusade to open people’s eyes. It’s up to them.”
 
In response to Haggis' comments on Remini's series, the Church of Scientology asked THR to link to its website, leahreminiaftermath.com, which it says, "exposes the fraud behind Leah Remini's bigoted hate-filled program."
 
In addition to appearing on the upcoming show, Haggis is currently finishing a new script. He’s also co-directing an upcoming documentary film with doc helmer Dan Krauss about Ward 5B in San Francisco in the early 1980s in the middle of the AIDS epidemic. While many caretakers refused to treat the then-unknown disease, a small group of doctors and nurses were determined to provide everyone with care, effectively creating the world’s first inpatient AIDS clinic.
 
Haggis plans on taking the film to festivals next year, and ultimately to a streaming platform.
 
“You actually get your films seen, which is so hard for independent films these days, just in the ways we’ve changed,” he says. “I’ve spoken to so many friends when my last independent film came out and they go, ‘Oh I can’t wait to see it, when is it on Netflix?’ I go, ‘It’s in the theaters right now, it’s opening this weekend!’ And they go ‘yeah, yeah, when is it on Netflix?’ And those are my friends. We all get lazy.”

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George Romero, Horror Legend And ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ Director, Dead At 77


Filmmaking great George Romero has died at age 77.
 
Romero’s longtime producing partner Peter Grunwald confirmed the news to the Los Angeles Times Sunday. According to a statement, Romero died in his sleep after “a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”
 
Per a statement from Romero’s manager Chris Roe given to Variety, Romero died listening to the score to the 1952 film “The Quiet Man.” At his side were Suzanne Desrocher Romero, his wife of nearly six years, and daughter Tina. He is also survived by a son, Andrew.
 
Roe said that Romero “leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time.”
 
Romero most famously directed and co-wrote 1968′s iconic zombie film “Night of the Living Dead.” The film was made on a budget of $114,000, and would go on to gross $30 million worldwide. It has since become a cornerstone in popular horror culture and is considered a forbearer for modern cinematic depictions of zombies.
 
He returned to the horror genre with “Dawn of the Dead” in 1978 and “Day of the Dead” in 1985. Later on, he created “Land of the Dead” in 2005, “Diary of the Dead” in 2007, and, in 2009, “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.”
 
Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1940 to a Cuban father and Lithuanian-American mother, Romero attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He graduated in 1960 and began his career in film, even shooting a segment for “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
 
In a 2016 interview with Indiewire, Romero reflected on the legacy of “Night of the Living Dead.”
 
“When we made the film, I thought that we were talking about miscommunication — people who, even when faced with impossible and improbable situations, still argue among themselves about petty things rather than facing the problem,” he said. “I find that this is still going on today. That’s all I really care about.”

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Premiere Confirms Huge Rumors About Season 7


“Game of Thrones” Season 6 ended over a year ago, and we’ve been waiting for new episodes ever since.
 
We watched blocks of ice melt to learn the premiere date (during a Facebook Live stream which cut out multiple times), but now that’s all in the past. Season 7 has arrived. Winter is here.
 
There were plenty of surprising scenes during the first episode (uh, Ed Sheeran showing up out of nowhere to debut some hot new tracks comes to mind), but nothing topped the opening. 
 
For a while now there’s been a rumor that Arya (Maisie Williams) wasn’t done avenging the Red Wedding. Though the young assassin killed Walder Frey (David Bradley) and his sons in the Season 6 finale, the word was she would don Walder’s face in Season 7 and finish off the other Freys.
 
That’s exactly what happened, and people lost it.
 
Arya slays the Freys.
 
In the opening moments of the episode, Arya Stark shows up at a banquet wearing Walder Frey’s face. Then, she makes an epic speech while poisoning the rest of the Frey men, saying lines like, “When you leave one wolf alive, the sheep are never safe,” and, “The North remembers.”
 
It was very baller. Arya is very baller. 
 
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Here are the other big moments from the premiere ...
 
Euron gives Cersei a proposal.
 
Remember Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)?
 
He showed up in Season 6, killed Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) and ended up becoming the leader of the Ironborn. 
 
Well, now he’s back and asking Cersei (Lena Headey) for her hand in marriage, confirming the rumor that he’d be teaming up with the Lannisters.
 
Will he marry Cersei? Meh, who knows? He promised her a gift, though, so this is to be continued.
 
Bran reaches the Wall, and now it may be coming down.
 
It’s a Bran-new day for the youngest Stark left alive.
 
Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) finally makes it to the Wall in the Season 7 premiere and convinces the Night’s Watch to let him pass. 
 
Why is this a big moment?
 
Remember that Bran was marked by the Night’s King in Season 6 of the show. This allowed the Night’s King to get past the magical protections on the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, and many theorize that when Bran crosses the Wall, it’ll take magical protections off that, too.

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Blac Chyna's Mom Launches Shocking Transphobic Attack On Caitlyn Jenner


Blac Chyna’s mum Tokyo Toni has sparked outrage after launching a scathing transphobic attack on Caitlyn Jenner in a recorded rant.
 
In the footage, Tokyo calls Caitlyn a “man” after seemingly taking offence at the former Olympian’s comments about her daughter, Blac Chyna’s, relationship with her stepson, Rob Kardashian.
 
Earlier this week, Caitlyn was asked about Chyna and Rob’s on/off romance during an appearance on The View, with the star simply responding with: “Rob was stupid for doing that and he kind of apologised.
 
“I really have not had much of a relation- I’ve never met Blac Chyna.
 
“I’ve never met Dream [Rob and Chyna’s daughter]. Rob, I haven’t really had a serious conversation with in years.
 
“So I’ve kind of been out of that scene so I really can’t comment on what’s going on there.”
 
The seemingly innocent comments appear to have struck a nerve with Chyna’s mum, who hurled transphobic abuse at Caitlyn in a video that she posted online.
 
In the clip, Tokyo rants: “This motherf**ing n****r, cause he’s a man dressed up and pretending to be a woman.”
 
She goes on to suggest that Caitlyn should get a vocal coach to sound more feminine, adding: “All that money you got, get a vocal coach, then I’m gonna finish with your motherf**** a**”.
 
The comments come days after Tokyo posted a video on social media that announced that she will be telling her side of the story in relation to Chyna and Rob’s dramatic relationship.
 
She told her followers: “Hello world, this is Tokyo Toni, and I’m going to be sending a video out onto social media about Rob and Chyna, the Kardashians, the media, the lawyers, which will be Miss Bloom [Chyna’s lawyer Lisa Bloom], as well as Rob Shapiro [Rob’s lawyer].
 
“I believe that I have all rights to say what I have to say. Why? Because I feel somewhat in the middle of what’s going on and this isn’t a good feeling for me.
 
“I want to speak on everything that’s going on, I’m going to give my opinion, I’m going to give facts. Why? Because I’m Dream’s grandmother, Chyna’s mother, King Cairo’s grandmother and Rob Kardashian’s ex-mother-in-law-to-be.”
 
The move comes shortly after it was reported that Chyna could face jail time for violating the terms of her NDA with regards to the Kardashian family.      
 

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Shia LaBeouf I DON'T NEED TO DRINK My Problem is When I Do


Shia LaBeouf is not an alcoholic, because he doesn't have an uncontrollable urge to drink ... his problem is when he starts drinking he can't stop ... this according to his lawyer.
Savannah lawyer Doug Andrews tells TMZ Shia is resolved not to have another drink while he finishes shooting his movie, "The Peanut Butter Falcon." As we reported, people on the set told us Shia has been incredibly professional, reliable and sober since shooting began and they were shocked to see on TMZ Saturday that he was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Andrews says the movie shoot will not be interrupted by the arrest or Shia's promise to get help for his addiction. It's interesting -- Shia calls it an addiction although he says he doesn't feel the need to drink.
Andrews says Shia will get professional help once the movie is wrapped, but he's not in danger because he simply won't drink.
The lawyer also says he and Shia want to do more than just cop a plea and pay a fine ... they want to make good to Savannah cops and the community for Shia's rant which, at times, got racist. Andrews says he and Shia haven't decided what the actor will do, but promises it will be meaningful.

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Selena Gomez drops new single and music video "Fetish"


Selena Gomez is turning up the heat in her new single and music video, "Fetish," and she seems pretty confident about the new song.
 
She opens the track singing, "Baby take it or leave it, but I know you won't leave it, because I know that you need it." 
 
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The racy single includes lyrics like, "You've got a fetish for my love. I push you out and you come right back. Don't see a point in blaming you. If I were you, I'd do me."
 
She also sings, "Something about me got you hooked on my body."
 
The track features rapper Gucci Mane, who says, "You my fetish, I'm so with it ... Just need you in a blue bikini."
 
The accompanying music video is very sensual as well. The whole thing is a close up on Gomez's mouth as she sings and brushes her fingers against her lips. 
 
"Fetish" is a follow-up to June's single "Bad Liar." Gomez has not announced any plans yet for a new album. 

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Beyonce shares first photo of twins Sir Carter and Rumi


Welcome to the limelight, Sir Carter and Rumi!
 
At 1:10 a.m. ET on Friday, Beyonce posted to Instagram a photo of herself with her twins, writing, "Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today," followed by a series of emojis, including clasped hands, a heart, and babies.
 
In the photo, Beyonce -- wearing what appears to be a light blue veil, reportedly at her oceanside Malibu home against a backdrop of an arch composed of colorful flowers -- is holding the newborns, who are partially draped in floral fabric.
 
 
Among those who liked the photo? Kim Kardashian.
 
Beyonce, 35, announced in a February 1 Instagram post that she and husband Jay Z, 47, were expecting.
 
"We would like to share our love and happiness," read the post, alongside a photo of the singer wearing a veil, with her hands on her bare belly. "We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. - The Carters."

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'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Rs To Prison


“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller at the Federal Correctional Complex, Satellite Prison Camp, in Victorville, California, on Wednesday at 12:25 p.m., according to a public information officer at the prison.
 
Miller was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud earlier this year.
 
However, U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti told Miller she could transition to a halfway house after serving 10 months of her sentence.
 
"This is an extremely emotional day for Ms. Miller," her attorney, Robert Ridge, told ABC News. "Earlier today, Ms. Miller expressed to us that she is looking forward to starting the process of completing her obligations set by the court. She has accepted that this matter will never truly be ‘behind her’, but this chapter of the process has begun and there is now an end in sight."
 
According to ABC affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh, where Miller was tried, she was also ordered to pay $40,000 in fines and to spend two years on supervised release.
 
Miller, 50, was indicted on fraud charges in 2015 for allegedly hiding about $775,000 in income to gain better terms to restructure her debt. She was also accused of bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it. However, the reality TV star, who pleaded guilty in 2016, she was "not intentionally" trying to hide anything and "wasn't trying to hurt anyone."
 
After her sentencing, Miller said that she planned to spend her time behind bars reading, writing and learning Spanish.
 
"A year and a day. It sounds like a movie title. It's surreal to me," Miller said in an interview with ABC News in May. “I'm going to pretend I’m in a movie and we're on set and I’m there for 10 months and that's the way it's going to be."

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Committee Files To Draft Dwayne Johnson For President


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has hinted at a presidential run several times, and now a campaign committee has formally filed to draft the actor for president. 
 
The committee, called "Run the Rock 2020," was filed on the "Moana" actor's behalf with the Federal Election Committee on Sunday, as first reported by The Hill. 
 
A freelance writer based in West Virginia named Kenton Tilford is behind the organization. A Twitter account for the campaign committee describes the organization as "a grassroots movement to send the People's Champion to the White House in 2020. #MakeAmericaRockAgain."
 
Tilford told CBS News in an e-mail, "I don't have any relationship with Dwayne Johnson. The amazing enthusiasm and energy on the ground for Mr. Johnson prompted me to create the organization. The hope is that Mr. Johnson will see how much America desires the real leadership only he can provide and jumps in the race."
 
In May, the former pro wrestler told GQ that a presidential run is "a real possibility." At the time, he said of President Donald Trump, "I'd like to see a better leadership. I'd like to see a greater leadership."
 
Later, he jokingly announced on "Saturday Night Live" that he and Tom Hanks were running on a joint ticket. 

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